Study on Influencing Factors of Career Choice of Excellent Teachers: Based on the Analysis of Nine Educational Autobiographies

Sixiao WU


Based on Lewin’s “Field theory”, the paper analyzes the educational autobiographies of nine outstanding teachers in primary and secondary schools, and constructs an analytical framework composed of family background, motivation for employment important events and personal experiences. It is found that there are four characteristics in their career choice, that are the awareness of “cultural gene”, the motivation of “escaping from suffering”, the training of “confusion and frustration”, and the encouragement of “important others”. It can be inferred that teachers’ early life experiences, “important others” and practical knowledge can influence their career choices.


Education autobiography; Excellent teacher; Career choice; Influencing factors

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