ERIC Number: ED300233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-May
Reference Count: N/A
Recruiting Mathematics and Science Teachers through Nontraditional Programs: A Survey. A RAND Note.
Carey, Neil B.; And Others
As the supply of mathematics and science teachers in the United States falls short of demand, there is a search for ways to increase the supply. The policy responses being tried include making all teaching positions more attractive through improved salaries and professionalization, offering general and targeted college scholarships and loans to ease entry into teaching, and reducing or restructuring teacher preparation programs and certificate requirements. This document discusses nontraditional recruitment policies that restructure teacher preparation programs to make them accessible to recent college graduates who have majored in science or mathematics, to persons changing careers, and to retired persons and homemakers. Some reduce preparation requirements, others maintain current standards but reduce the financial costs of preparation. Discussed are the dimensions of teacher shortages in science and mathematics, policy responses to the problem, issues for research, types of nontraditional programs, and options for alleviating shortages. Forty-four references are cited. (CW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Demand Occupations, Educational Demand, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Incentives, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Teacher Employment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
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