Finnish and German student teachers’ motivations for choosing teaching as a career : The first application of the FIT-Choice scale in Finland
Goller, M., Ursin, J., Vähäsantanen, K., Festner, D. & Harteis, C. (2019). Finnish and German student teachers’ motivations for choosing teaching as a career : The first application of the FIT-Choice scale in Finland. Teaching and Teacher Education, 85, 235-248. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2019.06.023
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This study introduces and validates the Finnish version of the FIT-Choice scale and uses the scale to explore Finnish undergraduate students' motivations for choosing teaching as a career as well as their perceptions of teaching as a profession in comparison to German student teachers. The results replicated the FIT-Choice structure both in Finland and Germany. Sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching and perceptions of the teaching profession reflected both differences and similarities between Finland and Germany. The study offers novel information on student teachers’ motivational structure.