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DOI

10.14221/ajte.2014v39n7.5

Abstract

The research is based on the trend of broadening unique teacher training programs. It is a mixed-method research aiming to explore the motives of three groups of Graduate-Retraining-Program (GRP) who opted for teaching as a second career and their self-efficacy

The research population comprises 82 participants from three specialized teacher's education programs. Tools include a closed self-efficacy and a semi-structured motivation questionnaires and interviews.

Findings: motives relate mostly to psycho-ideological aspects; three efficacy dimensions relating to Teaching Tasks (TT), Teacher-Student Relations (TSR), and Influence in the Organization (IO); The TT dimension is the highest, while the IO dimension is the lowest. A clear difference between the groups is reflected in the TT dimension.

The research expands the viewpoint of the decision-makers as regards the benefit of unique teacher education paths in assisting the absorption of academics into teaching as a second career.

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10.14221/ajte.2014v39n7.5