Identifying Potential Secondary School Teachers among Science University Students: A Latent Profile Analysis

E. C. M. van Rooij*, M. Fokkens-Bruinsma, M. J. Goedhart

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Abstract

The STEM teacher shortage in secondary education makes it important to investigate who is interested in becoming a STEM teacher, so that recruitment initiatives can be adjusted to these students’ characteristics. A latent profile analysis on data from 905 STEM university students identified two types of students with teaching aspirations. The first type (14%) consisted of undecided students who were interested in many careers, had high social interest, and wanted to work in a nice environment with much social contact. The second group (12%) was interested in research, science communication, and teaching. This group had high intellectual and social interest, and wanted to be intellectually challenged. Both groups had high teacher self-efficacy. Implications for teacher education recruitment are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-577
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Volume31
Issue number5
Early online date25-Feb-2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3-Jul-2020

Keywords

  • Teacher recruitment
  • STEM
  • career aspirations
  • vocational interests
  • work values
  • self-efficacy
  • SELF-EFFICACY
  • VOCATIONAL INTERESTS
  • WORK VALUES
  • CAREER
  • CHOICE
  • FIT
  • ORIENTATION
  • PERFORMANCE
  • CANDIDATES
  • EDUCATION

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