Through our development work and statistical analysis, we determined 11 empirical categories of students’ perceptions of teaching as a profession:
- Personal Enjoyment
- As a Career Choice
- Support by Others
- Department Values and Encourages Teaching
- Department Supports Me Teaching
- Employee Benefits and Security
- Teaching is Scientific
- Back Up Plan
- All Students Can Learn
- I Would If…
There is an Excel spreadsheet available that can be used to score your data in these 11 categories, as well as quickly provide you the number of students who indicate that they are pursuing certification at your institution or through another route.
This data has a range of uses including identifying the number of students who would pursue teaching given correct information about the profession. The PTaP can also be used longitudinally or pre/post to monitor your efforts to get the facts out about the profession. If you are willing to share the data from your institution, contact Wendy Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.