Does the Age of Career Decision-Making Matter? Accounting for Teacher's Job Commitment in Taiwan
Using data from Taiwan Education Panel Survey, this study investigates whether the age of career decision-making among middle school teachers has any impact on their job commitment. It is hypothesized that career decision-making at a younger age in the job-guarantee system in Taiwan before the 1994 reform is unfavorable to job commitment among these prospective teachers, which in turn affects students' performace. It is possible that the rigidity of institutional arrangements prevents youths from a self-determination process. When extrinsic motivation outweighs intrinsic motivation, lack of intrinsic motivation is detrimental to job commitment as well as teaching efficiency.