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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100

Abstract

MOSES, Ikupa; ADMIRAAL, Wilfried; BERRY, Amanda  and  SAAB, Nadira. Student-teachers' commitment to teaching and intentions to enter the teaching profession in Tanzania. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2019, vol.39, n.1, pp.1-15. ISSN 2076-3433.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15700/saje.v39n1a1485.

Commitment to teaching is a recurring topic in both research and policy discussions on teaching and the teaching profession. We investigated factors explaining differences in student-teachers' commitment to the teaching profession and to student learning, and their intentions to enter the teaching profession. Student-teachers (n = 3,246) from one University College in Tanzania completed a Commitment-to-Teaching questionnaire. Bandura's Social-Cognitive Theory was used to explain the findings. Differences in student-teachers' commitment were explained by personal characteristics (i.e., student-teachers' sense of self-efficacy), environmental factors (i.e., perceived influence of significant others and school conditions), and learning experiences (i.e., student-teachers' attitudes towards the teaching profession, their teaching subjects, and satisfaction with the teacher education programme). Implications for practice and for research on student-teachers' commitment to teaching are discussed.

Keywords : commitment to teaching; intentions to enter teaching; student-teachers.

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