Introducing STEM Majors to the Teaching Profession Through Authentic Experiences as Tutors

  • Grinell Smith San José State University
Keywords: Tutoring, STEM teaching, science education, mathematics education, teacher motivation, teacher recruiting, career satisfaction, intrinsic motivation, teaching as complex

Abstract

Recruiting people with rich backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the teaching profession has historically been difficult and remains so today. In this bounded instrumental case study, undergraduate STEM majors were trained and placed as science and math tutors in grades 9-12, with an overarching goal of encouraging them to consider teaching as a possible career path. Several themes emerged from the tutorsâ experiences as significant in their willingness to consider a career in teaching, including altruism from helping others, satisfaction from tuteesâ improved academic performance, and a more nuanced understanding of the complex nature of teaching.

Author Biography

Grinell Smith, San José State University
Assistant Professor, Department of K-8 Education, College of Education, San José State University
Published
2010-12-22
How to Cite
Smith, G. (2010). Introducing STEM Majors to the Teaching Profession Through Authentic Experiences as Tutors. Current Issues in Education, 13(4). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/709
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Articles