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Called to Teach


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Debbie Espinor

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Called to Teach

  1. 1. Called to TeachTeacher Candidates Sense ofCalling to Become Educators Debby Espinor George Fox School of Education 2012 Grant Funded by Lilly Endowment ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  2. 2. Meant to teach?“ There are some days when I feel like I am “meant to teach” and like I am good at it – but many days I doubt whether I can do the kind of job that I know my students deserve. It is the most challenging experience I’ve ever had and I’m honestly just trying to take things one day at a time. Maybe after my first year is done I’l be able to see past the day-to-day and reflect on whether I feel like teaching is a calling.” Matt ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  3. 3. Research Questions• Do first year teachers define “call” and “vocation” in different terms?• Do first year teachers see teaching as a “call or vocation” and do they feel “called” to teach?• Did first year teachers have a defining moment (or moments) that led to a teaching career? ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  4. 4. The Method• Timeframe 1999-2009• Semi-standardized interview structure• NVIVO and hand coded with a qualitative descriptive analysis• 1 hour personal interviews – later transcribed. ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  5. 5. The Participants• N= 149 Interviews• Response rate 17% of recent graduates from 1999-2009• Male = 24 Female = 125• Seattle Pacific University Programs – Traditional UG 90 – Masters of Arts in Teaching 21 – Post Baccalaureate 12 – Alternative Routes to Certification 26 ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  6. 6. Findings• Definite difference between understanding of calling and vocation.• 93% of first year teachers see teaching as a “calling”• 59% are influenced by other teachers (both good and bad) as a reason to choose the profession. ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  7. 7. Define “Calling” Other 5% Same as Vocation 3% Service "I want to serve children" 9% Something I was meant to do 28%Specific Gift or Talent 12% Spiritual "God Called Me" Heart/Dream "always 27% dreamed of…" 16% ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  8. 8. Define Vocation Other 6% Making MoneySpiritual 7% 7% Job Skill 45% 7% Call 5% Career 23% ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  9. 9. Is Teaching a Calling or Vocation? Other 7% Vocation 11% Calling 64% Both 18% ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  10. 10. Who influenced decision? Family members 16% Advice from others 20% Teachers (Both good and poor) 59%Tutoring or working with students 5% ICCTE Conference Azusa 2012
  11. 11. SummaryICCTE Conference Azusa 2012