ERIC Number: ED328408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-College Science and Mathematics Teachers: Supply, Demand, and Quality.
Darling-Hammond, Linda; Hudson, Lisa
Many reports have pointed to the need to improve the quality of mathematics and science teaching in schools in the United States and to alleviate the shortage of qualified teachers. A policy focus on the teaching force is reinforced by the fact that the ability of the United States to compete in an increasingly technological world economy depends in part on the production of a larger, better, trained scientific workforce, while further educational improvement depends largely on improving the caliber of the teaching force. However, development of appropriate policies for effecting the required changes has been hindered by the lack of data and analyses on the nation's teacher workforce. Without a clear understanding of the scope and qualifications of that workforce, targeted policies are difficult to design and implement. This document reviews the available data on teacher supply, demand, and qualifications, examining both what they reveal about the nature of the mathematics and science teaching force, and how existing data on teacher supply and demand may be better utilized. A list of 70 references is included. (CW)
Descriptors: Demand Occupations, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Research Needs, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Teacher Employment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand
Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Identifiers: Mathematics Education Research; Science Education Research