Investigating pre-service teacher motivation across cultures using the Teachers' Ten Statements Test

Robert M. Klassen, Said Al-Dhafri, Wanwisa Hannok, Shea M. Betts

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Abstract

Motivations for choosing teaching as a career were investigated in 200 pre-service teachers from Canada and Oman. We used a novel structured qualitative approach and two theoretical models to analyze how pre-service teacher career-choice motivation varied according to cultural context. The results of the study showed that Canadian participants made more self-references, and expressed higher levels of individual-focused motivation and social utility value as career motivators than did Omani participants. Participants from Oman expressed greater endorsement of teaching as a fallback career and higher levels of socio-cultural influences than Canadian participants. Results extend teacher motivation "teacher motivation theory" by investigating socio-cultural influences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-588
Number of pages10
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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Keywords

  • Canada
  • Career choice
  • Cross-cultural
  • Motivation
  • Oman
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Socio-cultural
  • Teachers

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Investigating pre-service teacher motivation across cultures using the Teachers' Ten Statements Test. / Klassen, Robert M.; Al-Dhafri, Said; Hannok, Wanwisa; Betts, Shea M.

In: Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 27, No. 3, 04.2011, p. 579-588.

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Klassen, Robert M. ; Al-Dhafri, Said ; Hannok, Wanwisa ; Betts, Shea M. / Investigating pre-service teacher motivation across cultures using the Teachers' Ten Statements Test. In: Teaching and Teacher Education. 2011 ; Vol. 27, No. 3. pp. 579-588.
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