Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Motivations for choosing teaching as a career: An international comparison using the FIT-Choice scale

an article by Helen M.G. Watt and Paul W. Richardson (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia), Uta Klusmann (Christian Albrechts University at Kiel, Germany), Mareike Kunter (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany), Beate Beyer and Ulrich Trautwein (University of Tübingen, Germany) and Jürgen Baumert (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany) published by Teaching and Teacher Education Volume 28 Issue 6 (August 2012)


Motivations for preservice teachers’ choice of teaching as a career were investigated using the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice scale (FIT-Choice scale; Watt & Richardson, 2007 further information here).

This scale was initially developed and validated in the Australian context; our study applied it across international samples from Australia, the United States, Germany, and Norway.

Support for strong factorial invariance implied the scale functioned similarly, and could fruitfully be employed in different contexts. Sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching were more similar than they were different across these samples; whereas, perceptions about the teaching profession tended to reflect country differences.


► First cross-cultural examination of teaching motivations using the FIT-Choice scale.
► Teaching motivations were similar in samples from Australia, US, Germany and Norway.
► Perceptions about the teaching profession tended to reflect country differences.

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