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The Factors Influencing Teaching (FIT)

posted on 2020-05-15, 21:18 authored by Suleyman CelikSuleyman Celik

This study investigated the fitness of the Factors Influencing Teaching (FIT) Choice scale in a Kurdish educational setting among undergraduate teacher-training students (N=1335) encompassing nursery, primary and secondary education. The factors motivating this population to become teachers were examined in the Iraqi-Kurdish educational context. The-FIT-Choice scale was translated into the Kurdish language and its reliability and validity were measured. Intrinsic/altruistic and social utility values were found to be the most important factors behind the choice of the teaching profession as a career. Intrinsic career value, social contribution, the experience of prior learning and teaching were also influential motivational factors in this choice, as were social influences and social status factors. Compared to similar research conducted in Australian and Turkish educational settings, however, fall back career, job security, time for family, job transferability, the opportunity to shape the future of children and enhance social equity did not demonstrate meaningful value as motivational factors in this survey. One of the most important results differentiating this from other studies was that the addition of moral value factors to the original scale revealed that these values played an important role in students’ perceptions towards the teaching profession as a career.


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Lead author country

  • Iraq

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Lecturer

Lead author institution

Tishk International University (previously known as Ishik University)

Human Participants

  • Yes

Ethics statement

The ethical committee of the Faculty of Education at Tishk International University has approved the suitability of this research paper in terms of ethical codes of publishing a research article.


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