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Teaching goals of early career university teachers in Germany

Wosnitza, M., Helker, K. and Lohbeck, L. (2014) Teaching goals of early career university teachers in Germany. International Journal of Educational Research, 65 . pp. 90-103.

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While schoolteacher motivation has become a significant area in educational research, teachers in higher education have been left somewhat disregarded. This exploratory study focuses on early career university teachers’ motivation, specifically on their personal goals. The results show that most participants emphasise their research and qualification rather than their teaching. Focusing on their goals as a teacher, four areas of teaching goals emerge: self-directed, content-directed, teaching-directed and student-directed teaching goals. Based on these, three groups of teachers with different goal profiles were identified: instruction-oriented, student-oriented, and ego-oriented early career university teachers. The study could not confirm any differences between these groups and their self-perceived teacher responsibility or self-efficacy but there were significant differences between the groups in the areas in which early career university teachers teach and in the length of time they have been teaching.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright: 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
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