Title

Exploring the Role of Self-Efficacy in Prospective Teachers' Career Decision-Making

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research

Volume

13

Issue

4

First page number:

261

Last page number:

271

Abstract

The decision to choose teaching as a career is a commitment fewer people are making and a decision that is rife with complexity. The current state of teacher shortages and attrition both nationally and internationally impels us to investigate this situation. Within the area of career decisionmaking, the concept being researched most focuses on career decisionmaking self-efficacy. The purpose of this present study was to explore the role of self-efficacy in prospective teachers' career decision-making. Participants (n=151) responded to open-ended essays focused on career decision-making self-efficacy (CDMSE). Thematic analysis was used in order to identify passionate self-efficacy and meta self-efficacy as the two most important components of prospective teachers' CDMSE. Findings suggest that teacher educators need to capitalize on the passionate selfefficacy of beginning preservice teachers. Implications for future research and teacher education are also discussed.

Keywords

Self-Efficacy; Career; Qualitative

Disciplines

Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Language

English


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