ERIC Number: ED311611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Shortages in Special Education and Related Services Reported in the University of Maryland Surveys, 1982-83 and 1985-86. Information on Personnel Supply and Demand.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
This document extracts information from two studies conducted by the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth at the University of Maryland. The studies dealt with personnel shortages in special education and related services. The first study, by J. Smith-Davis, P. J. Burke, and M. M. Noel, gathered data for 1982-83. It reported that 22 of 54 jurisdictions (including states, territories, and the District of Columbia) experienced personnel shortages well into the school year. Only one state reported no category of shortage. The most universal shortages appeared in such services as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language/communication, and emotional disturbance/behavior disorder. The second study, by M. J. McLaughlin, J. Smith-Davis, and P. J. Burke, focused on the 1985-86 period. It found that the most frequently noted shortage areas were in the same fields as in the 1982-83 study. In follow-up interviews, survey respondents in 14 jurisdictions indicated improved conditions over the 1982-83 situation, 13 reported worsening shortages, and the remainder reported no change. Two tables are included which indicate the areas in which personnel shortages exist, by jurisdiction and by 23 categories of special education services. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Note: Prepared by the Supply/Demand Analysis Center. For related document, see ED 244 428. Tables contain small print.