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International Journal of Education and Practice

January 2020, Volume 8, 1, pp 121-133

Factors Influencing Undergraduates Choice of Teaching as a Career (Fit-Choice) in Nigeria

Grace Omejevwe Akpochafo

Grace Omejevwe Akpochafo 1

  1. Department of Guidance and Counselling, Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. 1

Pages: 121-133

DOI: 10.18488/journal.61.2020.81.121.133

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Article History:

Received: 01 November, 2019
Revised: 03 December, 2019
Accepted: 07 January, 2020
Published: 14 February, 2020


This paper examined the factors influencing career choice in Nigeria using the (FIT-choice) scale of Watt and Richardson (2007). The study was guided by three research questions and the suitability of the scale for Nigeria was sought. The study used a survey design using purposive sampling technique to obtain a sample of 225 students from the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The obtained data was analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results obtained showed social utility values as the most influential factors in choosing teaching as a career in Nigeria. The study also found that teaching was not only a highly expert career but that undergraduates’ decision to become teachers is a function of satisfaction. The study recommended that both the Federal and State governments should provide better remuneration for teachers to boast their morale.
Contribution/ Originality
The study revealed factors motivating undergraduates to choose teaching as a career in Nigeria. It used the FIT-choice scale as against prior study that only focused on the validation of the scale. It showed that social utility value is the most influential factor for choosing teaching as a career in Nigeria.


Teacher motivation, Delta state of Nigeria, Career choice, FIT-choice frame work.



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