Motivation to become a foundation phase teacher in South Africa

Sayed, Yusuf and McDonald, Zahraa (2017) Motivation to become a foundation phase teacher in South Africa. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 7 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2223-7674

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Abstract

Motivation to enter initial teacher education is a key concern in research globally and in South Africa specifically. Supply of teachers for the Foundation Phase is identified as a critical need in South Africa and understanding of why individuals enter these programmes is crucial. In this context, this article explores what motivates student teachers to enter the Bachelor of Education in the Foundation Phase. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data from a survey administered to first-year student teachers at three public higher education institutions in South Africa, this article examines the reasons why student teachers enrol in Foundation Phase Bachelor of Education initial teacher education programmes, highlighting the extrinsic and intrinsic reasons for doing so. The article concludes by drawing out the implications of the research into motivation to enter Foundation Phase teaching and how it relates to understanding and managing Foundation Phase teacher supply in South Africa.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Deeptima Massey
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 16:13
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 16:13
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/78244

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