ERIC Number: ED024494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Geographic Distribution of Teaching Talent in California. Consultant's Report Prepared for the State Committee on Public Education.
Guthrie, James; And Others
The central purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between distribution of teaching talent and geographic location of local school districts of California. School districts were assigned to one of four geographic categories (urban, suburban, rural, or small urban centers). Each category's teaching talent was assessed on six measures of experience and training. The most striking finding was that rural schools possess a disproportionately low number of the State's most highly qualified teachers. It was suggested that the study's findings needed elaboration to determine if differences in teacher quality reflect themselves in differences in pupil performance. It was recommended that rural districts' ability to compete for talented teachers be improved by (1) instituting a statewide minimum salary schedule, and (2) increasing the attractiveness of rural teaching by offering benefits such as home building loans and added opportunities for professional contacts. Short range improvement efforts should be directed at stimulating rural school recruitment activities and forming a statewide volunteer teacher corps. Statistical data are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Data Analysis, Educational Opportunities, Educationally Disadvantaged, Geographic Distribution, Research Design, Rural Urban Differences, Statistical Data, Statistical Studies, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Distribution, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Committee on Public Education, Berkeley.