Identifying Potential Secondary School Teachers among Science University Students: A Latent Profile Analysis

van Rooij, E. C. M., Fokkens-Bruinsma, M. & Goedhart, M. J., 3-Jul-2020, In : Journal of Science Teacher Education. 31, 5, p. 556-577 22 p.

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The STEM teacher shortage in secondary education makes it important to investigate who is interested in becoming a STEM teacher, so that recruitment initiatives can be adjusted to these students’ characteristics. A latent profile analysis on data from 905 STEM university students identified two types of students with teaching aspirations. The first type (14%) consisted of undecided students who were interested in many careers, had high social interest, and wanted to work in a nice environment with much social contact. The second group (12%) was interested in research, science communication, and teaching. This group had high intellectual and social interest, and wanted to be intellectually challenged. Both groups had high teacher self-efficacy. Implications for teacher education recruitment are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-577
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Issue number5
Early online date25-Feb-2020
Publication statusPublished - 3-Jul-2020


  • Teacher recruitment, STEM, career aspirations, vocational interests, work values, self-efficacy, SELF-EFFICACY, VOCATIONAL INTERESTS, WORK VALUES, CAREER, CHOICE, FIT, ORIENTATION, PERFORMANCE, CANDIDATES, EDUCATION

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