The 'FIT-Choice' project is our large-scale longitudinal program of research which investigates motivations for selecting teaching as a career, teaching self-efficacy and experiences of beginning teachers.
Our research addresses problems of recruitment and retention in the current climate of teacher shortages. It establishes profiles of motivations for career choice at teaching degree entry, traces changes in perceived competencies and professional commitment from degree exit through to early professional experiences, and identifies factors and contextual processes conducive to or inhibitory of retention.
This agenda is interdisciplinary, involves complementary methods, multiple cohorts across two nations, within a strong longitudinal design. The scale of our project takes it beyond the provinces of previous smaller-scale studies.