Author(s)

Anthony Milanowski

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

12-27-2003

Publication Source

Education Policy Analysis Archives

Volume

11

Issue

50

DOI

10.14507/epaa.v11n50.2003

Abstract

In an exploratory study (Note 1) of the role of salary level and other factors in motivating undergraduate math, science, and technology majors to consider a career as a K-12 teacher, the salary level students said would motivate them to consider a career in teaching was related to the salary expected in their chosen non-teaching occupation, but not to three of the Big 5 personality dimensions of extroversion, agreeableness, and openness, nor concern for others or career risk aversion. An annual starting salary 45% above the local average would attract 48% of the sophomore students and 37% of the juniors. Focus group results suggested that low pay was an important reason for not considering K-12 teaching, but that perceived job demands and abilities and interests were also important reasons for not being attracted to a teaching career.

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Keywords

Salary, Motivation, Teaching

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Date Posted: 20 December 2016

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