ERIC Number: ED293842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Qualifications of Teachers in American High Schools.
This monograph describes the formal qualifications of the teachers currently teaching in public high schools and notes the variations of qualifications among schools with different characteristics. A survey of an average of 30 randomly selected teachers in each of 340 comprehensive high schools obtained information on: (1) the number of college courses completed in the teacher's primary subject (PS); (2) whether the PS was a major or minor in college; (3) whether or not the teacher was certified in the PS; and (4) years of teaching experience. Results of the survey indicated: (1) there was a rather impressive level of formal qualifications, overall and subject by subject; (2) the highest levels of qualifications were in the humanities, followed by science, mathematics, and social sciences; (3) the ethnic status of the student body had little relation to the level of teachers' qualifications; (4) the biggest differences in teacher qualifications across school types were between schools that send relatively many students to college and those that send relatively few; and (5) the least qualified teachers were spread fairly evenly across all types of high schools. Survey data are displayed in tables. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Education, High Schools, Institutional Characteristics, Intellectual Disciplines, Public Schools, School Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Background, Teacher Certification, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Experience
The RAND Corporation, Publications Dept., 1700 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90406-2138 ($4.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.