Finnish and German student teachers’ motivations for choosing teaching as a career. The first application of the FIT-Choice scale in Finland

Faculty/Professorship: Economics and Business Education 
Author(s): Goller, Michael; Ursin, Jani; Vähäsantanen, Katja; Festner, Dagmar; Harteis, Christian
Title of the Journal: Teaching and teacher education : an international journal of research and studies
ISSN: 0742-051X
Corporate Body: Elsevier
Publisher Information: Amsterdam [u.a.] : Elsevier Science
Year of publication: 2019
Volume: 85
Pages: 235-248
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2019.06.023
This study introduces and validates the Finnish version of the FIT-Choice scale and uses the scale to explore Finnish undergraduate students' motivations for choosing teaching as a career as well as their perceptions of teaching as a profession in comparison to German student teachers. The results replicated the FIT-Choice structure both in Finland and Germany. Sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching and perceptions of the teaching profession reflected both differences and similarities between Finland and Germany. The study offers novel information on student teachers’ motivational structure.
Keywords: FIT-Choice, Career, Comparative research, Motivation, Teaching
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 5. August 2019