ERIC Number: ED243703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Projections of Future Shortages of Mathematics and Science Teachers.
Reisner, Elizabeth R.; And Others
The author estimates that a minimum of 3600 additional mathematics teachers and 1800 additional science teachers will be needed at the secondary school level over the next several years. Each of the following trends is discussed: (1) increases in high school graduation requirements will increase the need for mathematics and science teachers; (2) declines in high school enrollment will decrease the need for mathematics and science teachers; (3) enrollment in teacher training programs for mathematics and science teaching is likely to decline; and (4) mathematics and science teaching is likely to become less attractive in comparison to other careers. Of these trends, the author believes that the one with the greatest potential impact is the trend toward increasing high school graduation requirements. However, new teacher demand created by this trend will be somewhat offset by decreases in secondary school enrollment. (MNS)
Descriptors: Careers, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Enrollment Trends, Graduation Requirements, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Teacher Education, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Policy Studies Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).