FACTORS INFLUENCING THE CHOICE OF THE SOCIAL PROFESSION 'TEACHER'
Keywords:education, teaching profession, factors for professional choice
This article is aimed at revealing the specifics of the professional choice made by students-future teachers. The increased interest in recent years of young people in studying pedagogical specialties provoked our research attention towards differentiating the factors influencing their professional choices. This article presents the results of a study conducted with students majoring in "Primary school pedagogy with a foreign language" who study at the Faculty of Education at Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. The results of the study indicate that in their professional choices, students are influenced by a wide range of social and personal factors. The most important social factors are: proximity of the university to the place where the student resides, the high social assessment of the quality of education at the university/faculty, and the prestige of the teaching profession in society. Among the personal factors for choosing the profession of pedagogue, students rank in leading positions their desire to work with children and their love for the teaching profession, formed under the influence of the high professionalism of their good teachers.
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