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Career choice motives of early childhood educators: A cross-country comparison of four European countries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
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Number of Authors: 52018 (English)In: Research in Comparative and International Education, ISSN 1745-4999, E-ISSN 1745-4999, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 499-515Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study compares career choice motives of future early childhood educators studying for a tertiary qualification. Suitable analyses of this kind are still missing. Diverging training systems, traditions and professional images in the different countries are related to certain motives. These motives are categorised according to a theory that is used as a theoretical framework. The study takes into account 468 student teachers from Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Romania and is methodologically based on variance analyses. Overall, intrinsic motives were found to be of greater significance. This applies equally to all countries. Furthermore, addressee-related motives are more pronounced among Swiss and German prospective early childhood educators than among those from Sweden or Romania. On the contrary, extrinsic motives have a stronger presence among Romanian student teachers. Income and prestige, as the only exceptions, are important for students from Sweden and Switzerland. The results are discussed referring to country-specific working conditions and the current status of professionalisation processes existing in problem areas.

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2018. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 499-515
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Career choice motive, cross-country comparison, early childhood education, professional image, Self-Determination Theory, teacher professionalisation, teacher training
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-163578DOI: 10.1177/1745499918807035ISI: 000453092400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-163578DiVA, id: diva2:1278462
Available from: 2019-01-14 Created: 2019-01-14 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved

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