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Crowe F.;McGarr O.
Teaching And Teacher Education
'Foreclosing' a teaching career? An exploration of the career decisions of undergraduate pre-service teachers┐ through the lens of Identity Status Theory
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Career choices Identity statuses Pre-service teachers
This paper explores the career decisions of a cohort of 42 undergraduate, pre-service teachers in Ireland through the lens of Marcia's (1980) Identity Status Theory. The study employed semi-structured interviews to examine the cohort's level of commitment to and exploration of a teaching career as part of their career decision making. Discourse analysis of their interviews evidenced that most had a high commitment to teaching but low exploration of other careers before committing to teaching, suggesting a ┐foreclosed identity status┐. Possible explanations for this high degree of identity foreclosure are suggested and implications for initial teacher education are highlighted.
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