n Journal of Educational Studies - Perception of high school learners towards teaching as a profession




This article reports on investigation of the attitude of high school learners towards teaching as a profession. The aim of the study is to ascertain the perceptions of high school learners with regard to variables such as gender, demographic background, socio-economic status and school type that may influence learners' attitude towards teaching as a profession were used in the study. A twenty item questionnaire was designed to elicit responses from grade 12 learners at a career fair exposition, with the view to determining their attitude towards the teaching profession. At the fair, a sample group of 798 learners was requested to complete the questionnaires. Learners were drawn from both townships schools and Model C schools. Findings confirmed that high school learners at almost all of the townships and some former model C schools generally exhibited a positive attitude towards teaching as a profession regardless of gender, school type and location. The article recommends that government, schools (through educators) and other interested parties should create an enabling environment to motivate learners to pursue teaching as a career. I argue that teachers, in general, should continue to conduct themselves in a becoming manner so as to awaken interest in the younger generation. I am arguing that teachers in general should become the role model and set an example in order to reawaken interest in teaching as a profession among the younger generation.


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