The purpose of this descriptive study was to look at the factors that influence pre-service technology education majors to choose to become teachers. The pre-service teachers of three Indiana technology education teacher preparatory programs were given an internet survey to collect demographic data and determine what factors influence current pre-service teachers. The results of this study were compared to the results from a study done by Harris (2007). The findings resulted in similar factors that were the most common identified as being influential. Those factors included personal interest or hobbies, high school or middle school teacher, and past experiences in technology education courses.


technology, education, influences, parents, teachers, motivation

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Department Head

G. Bertoline


Master of Science

Head of Graduate Program

James L. Mohler

Advisor 1 or Chair of Committee

George E. Rogers

Committee Member 1

Todd R. Kelley

Committee Member 2

Donald D. Buskirk