Mature age professionals: factors influencing their decision to make a career change into teaching

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Author: Bauer, Carmel; Thomas, Sue; Sim, Cheryl


This paper presents the early findings from a study that addresses the topic of mature age professionals making a career change into the secondary teaching profession by undertaking a postgraduate coursework initial teacher education program. The paper specifically addresses the factors that affect the decision for mature age professionals to make such a change. Education systems worldwide are encouraging mature age professionals to make a career change into secondary teaching to fill teacher shortages in specialist subject areas. However, the literature shows there has been little...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Career development; Providers of education and training; Employment; Research

Keywords: Career change; Teachers; Qualitative research; Decision making

Published: [Perth, Western Australia]: Australian Institutes for Educational Research in NSW, NT and SA, 2017

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Journal volume: 27

Journal number: 2

Journal date: 2017

Pages: pp. 185-197

ISSN: 1837-6290 (online), 0313-7155

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 128.705

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