SRCD Conference 2017
Dr. Ryan Kinlaw recently presented a poster at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, April 6-8, 2017, in Austin, TX. The poster, titled Distinguishing Teaching Career Choice from Others Using FIT-Choice Constructs in Qualitative Analysis, compared the motives acknowledged by college students pursuing teaching versus other careers. Participants responded in writing to a combination of open- and closed-ended questions regarding influences on, length of interest in, and perceptions of their career choices. The groups differed in gender ratio and length of interest in chosen career path as well as in endorsement of several FIT-Choice motives coded from their narrative responses. Compared to those choosing other careers, prospective teachers mentioned social utility and prior experiences more often and intrinsic career value and personal utility less often as factors in their choice.
Sara Kinsey, BA PSYC '16, and Cortney Zeigler, student in the Mental Health Counseling graduate program, were co-authors on the study and poster.