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A backup choice or not? Pre-service graduate students' views of choosing teaching as a career in Taiwan


Hsiou-huai Wang
National Taiwan University
wanghs@ccms.ntu.edu.tw

Bih-jen Fwu
National Taiwan University

 

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Abstract

Recent teacher education reform in Taiwan allows regular universities to set up programs to recruit graduate students for teacher preparation. There have been assumptions that these students may take teaching as a backup career choice since they may have multiple career choices for their future. This study attempts examines the degree of decisiveness and enthusiasm for choosing teaching as a career by a group of 44 pre-service graduate students from a prestigious university in Taiwan. Based on data collected from in-depth interviews with these students, five sub-groups emerge: Devoted Educators, Responsible Teachers, Career Explorers, Pragmatists and The Uncommitted. As the majority of these students have decided to choose teaching as their primary future career, the backup choice assumption is challenged. Socio-cultural roots to this positive view of teaching are further discussed.

pre-service students, graduate students, career choice, teacher education, Taiwan

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Wang, H. and Fwu, B. (2002) A backup choice or not? Pre-service graduate students' views of choosing teaching as a career in Taiwan. International Education Journal, 3 (1), 33-46.
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