Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Reasons for joining teaching
Pre-service teacher education
Intrinsic/extrinsic/altruistic motives for joining teaching
Issue Date: 
Low, E. L., Lim-Teo, S. K., Ch'ng, A., & Goh, K. C. (2011). Pre-service teachers' reasons for choosing teaching as a career in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 31(2), 195-210.
As the national teacher education institute in Singapore, the National Institute of Education (NIE) prepares all teachers seeking to be employed within the education service in Singapore. In the last decade, NIE’s enrolment for initial teacher preparation programmes has grown significantly, with peaks in numbers during the recession years. There is also some evidence of attrition when beginning teachers complete their 3-year bond with the Ministry of Education, which sponsors their teacher education programme.
It is thus important to determine empirically the reasons why pre-service teachers join the
teaching profession, to see whether this can inform us about measures that can be taken
to ensure they stay on in the profession. As part of a longitudinal study on beginning teachers’ attitudes towards teaching and professional development, a research survey, the first of three data collections, was administered to whole cohorts of pre-service teachers entering NIE’s three main teacher preparation programmes in July 2004. This paper presents the survey findings on pre-service teachers’ reasons for choosing teaching as a career and discusses the differences between cohorts of different programmes. The implications of the study are discussed in terms of informing future policy and practice in the areas of teacher recruitment, retention and professional development.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at
Other Identifiers: 
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
APJE-31-2-195.pdf215.92 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail
Show full item record

Page view(s) 20

checked on Sep 17, 2019

Download(s) 5

checked on Sep 17, 2019

Google ScholarTM



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.