ERIC Number: ED289851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-21
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Teacher Shortages: Truth and Consequences.
Tooredman, Kathryn J.
This paper provides a broad overview of the teacher shortage situation and concludes that shortages may occur during the next 10 years, depending upon the factors of supply and demand. Demand, it appears, will increase until an additional 200,000 teachers will be needed by 1990. The supply of teachers may increase enough to met this demand, but this depends upon such issues as the attractiveness of the profession to present and future jobseekers, the probability of certified individuals in the reserve pool reentering teaching, and the impact of alternative methods of state certification of teachers. It seems clear that not all districts will be able to fill all vacancies, depending upon the district's region, degree of urbanization, its salary, benefits and working conditions, the subject areas to be filled, and the racial or cultural diversity that may be desired in the teaching staff. The paper then suggests a variety of strategies that may be used by districts to attract teachers to their schools, retain the teachers they currently employ, and use their teachers in the most productive way possible. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of States on Inservice Education (12th, San Diego, CA, November 20-24, 1987).