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Title:Passion for teaching: a perspective for South African teachers
Author:Rampa, Seake Harry
Periodical:Africa Education Review (ISSN 1753-5921)
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:This article reports on an investigation into passion for teaching, a complex and demanding profession. Three relevant themes emerged: (1) choosing teaching as a profession; (2) growing a passion for teaching; and (3) sustaining passion for teaching. An interpretive study was conducted in various schools in six provinces of South Africa during which fieldworkers (Bachelor of Education and Training Level Four students) collected data in the three months of their teaching practice at the schools. These fieldworkers qualitatively interviewed 48 teachers at schools where they were placed. According to the findings, the majority of teachers interviewed indicated that extrinsic motives were dominant determinants for teachers to choose teaching as a profession. This means that the majority of participants probably had less passion for teaching as a result of circumstances in their environment or their passion diminished because of less sense of enduring efficacy. Based on the findings, a framework was proposed to recommend how to sustain a passion for teaching. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]