ERIC Number: ED320344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Are More Teacher Educators for Behavioral Disorders Needed?
Center, David B.; Kaufman, Melvin E.
The study surveyed 63 institutions of higher education who sought behavioral disorders faculty through advertisements in the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Thirty-nine institutions responded to the questionnaire about faculty search and their academic departments. Only 71% indicated that they had found a suitable faculty member. The average number of applicants was 20.7, and the average search took 7.7 months. Of the positions filled, 81.5% were by individuals holding doctoral degrees, another 6% had completed all requirements for a doctoral degree except the dissertation, and 12.5% were non-doctoral applicants. Though experienced applicants with teaching and research skills were considered most desirable, 85% reported employing an individual characterized as having limited or no experience. Seventy percent of all respondents reported that they were dissatisfied with the overall quality of the applicants for their position. Seventy-nine percent reported that there was an adequate number of female applicants, but 95% indicated that there was an inadequate number of minority applicants. It is concluded that higher education institutions should consider making faculty positions more attractive and competitive, and leadership preparation programs need to select students who are committed to careers in teacher education. Includes 15 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual TECBD Conference on Severe Behavioral Disorders of Children and Youth (Tempe, AZ, November 1989).