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Preservice early childhood education degree students' career aspirations: Examining decisions to enter the field

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Title: Preservice early childhood education degree students' career aspirations: Examining decisions to enter the field
Author: Osborne, Caitlyn; van Rhijn, Tricia; Breen, Andrea
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Abstract: This article summarizes a study that examined the intentions of Early Childhood Education degree students to work in early childhood education. Participants were recruited from nine institutions across Ontario, and 214 online surveys were completed. Independent t-tests indicated that there were significant differences between students who intend to enter the field and those who do not. Those not intending to enter the field perceived significantly more barriers to a successful career in the field. Results from thematic analyses provide further insight into students’ perceptions of their career choices and professional identities. The paper concludes with recommendations for stakeholders who are attempting to attract a highly qualified workforce.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/14709
Date: 2018-10
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International


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