I don’t want to be a teacher: Factors restricting male students from entering the teaching profession

Christina, Andin and Hafizah, Harun and Rohana, Hamzah and Khalid, Johari (2017) I don’t want to be a teacher: Factors restricting male students from entering the teaching profession. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 25 ((S) May). pp. 21-32. ISSN 0128-7702. (Published)

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This study is motivated by concern about the small number of male school-leavers entering the teaching profession in Malaysia. It is important to determine empirically the reasons why the teaching profession is not popular as their career option, to see whether this can inform us about measures that can be taken to increase the involvement of men in the teaching profession. This study seeks to explore the factors that restrict male students from choosing teaching as a career. A total of 85 first-year male engineering students completed a questionnaire in which they were asked to rate factors that restricted them from entering the teaching profession. The findings of the study revealed that the most significant factor was associated with social influences, followed by poor job conditions, negative perceptions of the teaching profession and limited personal value. This paper proposes that halting the decline in numbers of male teachers is a task that requires the intervention and contribution of not only schools and policy makers but also parents and society, and recommends that effective strategies for attracting young male school leavers to join the teaching profession be developed.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Career; Male; Student; Teaching profession
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Faculty/Division: Center for Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 08 May 2023 06:45
Last Modified: 08 May 2023 06:45
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/30139
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