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Education Research International
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 318734, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/318734
Research Article

Motives of Masters for the Teaching Profession: Development of the MMTP Questionnaire

Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Antwerp, Venusstraat 35, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium

Received 12 May 2015; Accepted 1 July 2015

Academic Editor: Jose C. Nunez

Copyright © 2015 Wil Meeus et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Increasing teacher shortages provide incentives for conducting research into the motives of future teachers aspiring to work in education. The present study builds on previous research into motivation for entering the teaching profession. Given the shortage of studies carried out with direct empirical foundations, multiphase factor analyses, and large respondent groups, the present research focuses on developing the questionnaire Motives of Masters for the Teaching Profession (MMTP) while meeting these methodological criteria. Master’s students described their motivations for entering the teaching profession. Confirmatory factor analysis was carried out in order to confirm the factor structure produced by the exploratory factor analysis . On the basis of content and statistical arguments, a 7-factor solution was obtained and a 35-item questionnaire was produced. Future cross-contextual research on the MMTP should attempt to improve the generalizability of the questionnaire.