Study 1: Motivation to Become Teachers


Suryani, A., & George, S. (2021). “Teacher education is a good choice but I don’t want to teach in schools.” An analysis of university students’ career decision making. Journal of Education for Teaching. 47(4), 590-604. doi: 10.1080/02607476.2021.1903304 [PDF].

Suryani, A. (2021). “I chose teacher education because…”: a look into Indonesian future teachers. Asia Pacific Journal of Education41(1), 70-88. doi: 10.1080/02188791.2020.1783202 [PDF].

Suryani, A. (2020). The role of religious beliefs in teacher education students’ career aspirations. In Suryani, A., Tirtowalujo, I. & Masalam, H. (Eds). Preparing Indonesian Youth: A Review of Educational Research. (pp. 66-88). Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004436459_004 [email me if you would like a copy of this chapter].

Suryani, A. (2017). Motivations and aspirations of teacher education students in Indonesia. In H. M. G. Watt, P. W. Richardson & K. Smith (Eds). Global Perspectives on Teacher Motivation. (pp. 248-296). Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781316225202.010 [email me if you would like a copy of this chapter].

Suryani, A., Watt, H.M.G., & Richardson, P.W. (2016). Students’ motivations to become teachers: FIT-Choice findings from Indonesia. International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education, 3(3), 179-203 [PDF].

Study 2: Motivation to Teach Religious Tolerance and Democratic Attitudes in Indonesia

We have completed our first and second data collections in three provinces: Surabaya, East Java; Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara; and Makassar, South Sulawesi. Over 1,400 teacher education students from four universities completed the survey, with thirty students also participating in in-depth individual interviews. 


Suryani, A. & Muslim, A. B. (2024). Embracing Diversity: Preparing Future Teachers to Foster Religious Tolerance. Springer.

Wijaya Mulya, T., Aditomo, A., & Suryani, A. (2022). On being a religiously tolerant Muslim: Discursive contestations among pre-service teachers in contemporary IndonesiaBritish Journal of Religious Education. 44(1), 66-79. doi: 10.1080/01416200.2021.1917338 [PDF].

Wijaya Mulya, T., Sakhiyya. Z., Muslim, A.B., & Suryani, A. (2022). Locally-grounded, embodied, and spiritual: Exploring alternative constructions of democratic education with/in Indonesian schools. Pedagogy, Culture & Society. doi: 10.1080/14681366.2022.2142840 [PDF].

Study 3: Teacher Education Students’ Perceptions towards Religious Tolerance

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