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Title: An investigation of the professional behaviour, status, career and identities of teachers in Malta
Authors: Attard Tonna, Michelle
Calleja, James
Keywords: Teachers -- Psychology -- Malta
Teachers -- Attitudes -- Malta
Teaching -- Malta -- Psychological aspects
Teaching -- Vocational guidance -- Malta
Education -- Study and teaching -- Malta
Teachers -- Job satisfaction
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Attard Tonna, M., & Calleja, J. (2021). An investigation of the professional behaviour, status, career and identities of teachers in Malta. European Journal of Teacher Education, 1-19.
Abstract: Given the current shortage of teachers and the diminishing attraction of the teaching profession, it is important to have analytic and systematic studies of teachers’ lives and careers, and to locate teachers’ lives within a wider contextual understanding. The rationale for this educational research paper is to study Maltese teachers’ professional behaviour and how they define themselves as teachers, particularly in a period of time where teachers in Malta were experiencing reform fatigue. The authors’ aims were to explore the factors which motivate people to enter and remain into teaching, and to identify the routes they take throughout their career. Data were collected through an empirical research consisting of an online questionnaire with open-ended questions with teachers (n = 755). One of the findings shows that the majority of teachers enter the profession for altruistic motives, however, if given the opportunity, they would move into another role or profession.
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