ERIC Number: ED204340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Population Trends and Their Implications for Association Planning, 1981.
Constant, Anne P., Ed.; And Others
Population trends will have a significant impact on educators' decision making, not only because of declining enrollment, but also because employment patterns and staffing in schools and colleges will be affected. Among the factors that educators must contend with are: (1) The birth rate has been increasing slowly since 1974; (2) The reduction in the number of teachers will not be as severe as the reductions in the number of school age persons; (3) Regional, state, and community enrollment patterns differ widely, with population declines in the suburbs becoming an enrollment factor for the metropolitan districts; and (4) A shortage of qualified teachers is possible in the late 1980s, particularly among elementary, math, science, special education, industrial arts, and agriculture teachers unless teaching is made to appear more attractive. It is suggested that local associations: (1) study local conditions; (2) guard against regressive attitudes; (3) increase the effectiveness of the associations' communications; and (4) update goals for improving the quality of schools and of teaching. (FG)
Descriptors: Educational Demand, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Projections, Futures (of Society), Population Trends, Public School Teachers, State Norms, Teacher Associations, Teacher Employment, Teacher Supply and Demand
This publication is available in combination with "Teacher Supply and Demand in Public Schools, 1980-81" (SP 018 667) through NEA Distribution Center, The Academic Building, Saw Mill Road, West Haven, CT 06516 (NEA members: Stock No. 3088-5-00, $4.75; Nonmembers: Stock No. 3088-5-10, $10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.