‘To teach or not to teach?’

Authors Tine Mombaers, Roos van Gasse, Kristin Vanlommel, Peter van Petegem
Published in Teachers and Teaching
Publication date 2023
Research groups Driving Educational Change
Type Article


This study contributes to the field of educational careers by exploring all educational career choices, whereas existing literature has focused on only a few. Deploying the push-pull-mooring framework (PPM), several undiscovered influential factors regarding educational career choices were captured. Using qualitative research methods, more particularly through interviews and focus groups, we revealed PPM factors towards different career choices educational professionals make. Moreover, this study sheds light on what considerations ultimately precede these career decisions. Findings show that influential factors such as support, workload, autonomy, self-efficacy, general job motivation and commitment to students play a relevant role across several educational career choices.

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Language English
Published in Teachers and Teaching
Key words career decisions, middle management, education, working volume, work context, autonomy
Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/13540602.2023.2201425