Who wants to become a teacher? Typology of student-teachers’ commitment to teaching

Ikupa Moses, Amanda Berry, Nadira Saab, Wilfried Admiraal

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Understanding student-teachers’ decisions to enter and stay in the teaching profession after graduation could help teacher educators to find appropriate procedures to enhance commitment to teaching. This study classified student-teachers based on their levels of commitment to teaching, and described these types based on student-teachers’ motivation to enter the teaching profession and their perceptions of the teaching profession and environmental aspects e.g. school condition and significant others. Thirty-seven undergraduate student-teachers from the Dar es salaam University College of Education in Tanzania were interviewed. Four student-teacher types from our results were identified: (1) committed passionate, (2) committed compromisers, (3) undecided and (4) uncommitted. Implications from the findings include the importance of designing teacher education curriculum in a way that caters for the needs of student-teachers in each type in order to enhance their commitment to teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-457
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Education for Teaching
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Student-teachers
  • Teacher commitment
  • Motivation
  • Types

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