ERIC Number: ED239855
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The 1983 Survey of Mathematics and Science Teachers in the Fifty States.
Yeotis, Catherine; Nickel, Kenneth
A survey instrument was sent to state departments of education requesting information on: (1) teacher preparation in science and mathematics education; (2) teacher availability in these areas; (3) secondary science and mathematics curricula; and (4) recommendations for alleviating any shortages of mathematics and science teachers. Responses from all 50 states are reported and discussed. Among the findings included are those indicating: a 15-25 required credit hour range for junior high school mathematics (JHM) certification and a required credit hour range of 20-25 hours for senior high mathematics (SHM), senior high science (SHS), and junior high science (JHS); that 80 percent of states have provisions to waive/modify requirements for emergency certification; that an inadequate supply of teachers exists in most fields, expressed in percentage of shortage (JHM--75.5 percent, JHS--62.5 percent, SHM--80 percent, and SHS chemistry and physics--82.2 percent); that there is an adequate supply of biology teachers; that 60 percent expected decreased teacher supply in most areas except biology; and that respondents indicated computer science is offered in some form. Among the recommendations for alleviating teacher shortages are those related to financial considerations, recognition of special service, and provisions for retired certified teachers to teach part-time. (Complete survey results on a copy of the survey form are included.) (JM)
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Employment Patterns, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Secondary Education, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Teacher Certification, Teacher Distribution, Teacher Education, Teacher Employment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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