Melbourne Graduate School of Education - Theses

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    Social background, decision process and motives for career choice as influences on students' attitudes to teaching
    Clarke, Peter Neil ( 1979)
    It was proposed that the socio-economic level of students' families would influence the time of first consideration of a teaching career, and that initial career considerations would be associated with the final decision time, the length of the pre-decision period, consideration of alternative careers and the influence of significant others. The decision variables were suggested to influence motives for entering teaching, students' motives in turn being associated with occupational attitudes. Using a questionnaire, a sample of 1,301 third year teachers' college students were tested. Within the limitations of the measures employed and the size and nature of the sample, the data tended to support the general proposition. The thesis design was evaluated and areas for further research were indicated.