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The determinants of VET educators’ occupational choice

Jean-Louis Berger (Research & Development Division, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Lausanne, Switzerland)
Céline Girardet (Research & Development Division, Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Lausanne, Switzerland)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Potential teacher shortage and low esteem of vocational education and training (VET) educator profession, together with the importance of attracting individuals best suited for the profession, lead to concerns about the reasons why people become VET educators as a second career. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the determinants of career choice in Swiss VET educators using an adaption of the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice framework (Watt and Richardson, 2007).

Design/methodology/approach

With a sample of 605 VET educators undergoing initial teacher training, the authors first provide a description of the determinants of career choice at the sample level, based on a motivational model and analyze differences in these determinants between three types of VET educators. Then, the authors contrast it to the conclusions of other studies on teachers’ career choice.

Findings

There are somewhat different determinants driving this career choice depending on the type of educators. In terms of motivation, intrinsic value is the most important determinant of a career as VET teacher. VET educators value the activity of teaching more than the potential advantages it may offer.

Originality/value

The findings of the research provide an insight into VET teachers’ career choice and how to promote the attractiveness of the profession.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Helen Watt for helpful comments. The authors would also like to thank Mirjam Strupler and Stefan Wolter, Swiss Leading House Economics of Education, University of Zürich and Bern, for their cooperation in data collection.

Citation

Berger, J.-L. and Girardet, C. (2015), "The determinants of VET educators’ occupational choice", Education + Training, Vol. 57 No. 1, pp. 108-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-04-2013-0062

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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