Dr. Liliya Babakova, Assist. Prof.
University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”
Absract. Improving and emphasizing the prestige of teacher's career is one of the main objectives of the EU‘s educational policies. To achieve this goal, a deeper consideration and knowledge of the motivation of students to start a career in the field of school education is needed. The aim of this study is to present a scale for measuring the factors influencing the choice of educational studies. This article presents a study of attitudes of students with a pedagogical focus on teaching career. 85 students from pedagogical majors have been studied and motivational characteristics presented as predictors of choice for the teaching career. The results of the psychometric scale, correlation and cluster analysis are discussed, and comparisons are made by gender, specialty, stage of work at school.
Keywords:career choices; motivation of students; motivation scale validation; motivational characteristics
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