Redesigning Teacher Education Programs to Meet the Needs of Today's Second Career Pre-Service Teachers

Patricia Dickenson (National University, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 86
EISBN13: 9781466664203|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5990-2.ch003
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Research suggests the fastest growing group in teacher training programs is second career teachers (Brooks & Hill, 2004). This chapter examines the profiles of second-career pre-service teachers in a blended online program in Silicon Valley, California. Participants' motivations and reasons for becoming an educator were examined from a sociocultural lens to understand how economic, social, and cultural factors might influence their decision to enter the teaching profession. In addition, formative, social, and personal experiences provide insight as to why this group selected a non-traditional teacher education program, and what prior skills and experiences they bring to the teaching profession.
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