Motivations to be a Teacher: Study on Teachers from Jamaica, Poland, and Turkey

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Madalinska Michalak J., Onyefulu C., BAVLI B.

World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting & the Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA) International Conference, Hong Kong, China, 30 November 2017, pp.52

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Hong Kong
  • Country: China
  • Page Numbers: pp.52
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The paper presents the findings derived from the comparative, international and cross-cultural study on teachers’ motivation to choosing teaching as a career. The aim of this study is to explore the motives to be a teacher among teachers from three countries which are located at different continents.  The study is guided by research questions focuses on the reasons for choosing teaching as a career and the factors that influence on them. Based on the results of the factor analysis conducted, there are three main factors why the participants chose teaching as a career. The first is gratification or internal enjoyment the profession brings to the participants, the second is the roles and expectations, and the third factor is external influence/forces.  Furthermore, there are no significant differences in reasons across the countries studied why persons want to teach, F (2, 167) = 2.102, p = .125). Because the study crosses the international and continental boundaries, it is anticipated that the findings will shade more lights on why persons choose teaching as a career in the three countries. The presented findings can be important in supporting the professional development of prospective and in-service teachers at all levels of education.