ERIC Number: ED230896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Doctoral Students in Reading: A National Survey. Department of Reading Bulletin No. 22.
Valmont, William J.
A study surveyed doctoral reading students' preparation for the job market and their aspirations concerning job placement to determine how effectively colleges and universities are preparing people for employment in the field of reading. A total of 225 students (142 full time, 83 part time) from 34 institutions responded to the questionnaire. All subjects were majoring in reading, but reported 42 different minor areas of doctoral study, including educational administration and special education. The goal of the majority of the respondents was to teach at a university or college, while varieties of other possible positions were being overlooked. The subjects reported a wide range of prospective dissertation titles and topics, falling mostly under the categories of comprehension, instruction, and text analysis. Only 13 students indicated that they were receiving more than passing instruction in computers and microcomputers. The findings suggest that today's doctoral students are receiving the traditional preparation for university teaching. Since most of those hoping for employment as college or university instructors will not be able to find such positions open, faculties of institutions offering doctoral programs in reading, as well as students themselves, should reassess their programs to insure that graduates will be employable. (Appendixes contain a list of schools surveyed, dissertation topics proposed by students, and a copy of the questionnaire.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Research, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Graduate Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Teachers, Teacher Education
Department of Reading, College of Education, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Dept. of Reading.