INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
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“Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching

Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2020, 16(2), e2213, https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
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ABSTRACT

This multiple-case study was conducted to evaluate claims that the literature on the recruitment of science majors into science teaching is sparse and unable to adequately explain why undergraduates decide to pursue science teaching.  I interviewed six undergraduate science majors who have committed to an initial science teacher preparation program to ascertain their motivations for choosing a career in teaching. This analysis reveals that the literature has not adequately identified all the reasons why a group of science majors decided to pursue science teaching. Four novel motives were identified which should inform future research into science teacher recruitment.

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teacher recruitment science education science teacher education secondary science career choice teacher identity

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Coon, A. N. (2020). “Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 16(2), e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
Harvard
Coon, A. N. (2020). “Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 16(2), e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
Vancouver
Coon AN. “Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2020;16(2):e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
AMA
Coon AN. “Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2020;16(2), e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
Chicago
Coon, Ashley N.. "“Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 2020 16 no. 2 (2020): e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817
MLA
Coon, Ashley N. "“Maybe I Should Try Out Becoming a Teacher”: Why Science Majors Enter Science Teaching". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, vol. 16, no. 2, 2020, e2213. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/7817

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