ERIC Number: ED343308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Study of the Present and Future Needs for Leadership Personnel To Train Educators in Behavioral Disorders.
Center, David B.; Kaufman, Melvin E.
A national survey of 128 institutions of higher education employing behavioral disorders (BD) faculty sought to obtain information to aid in the evaluation of the need for behavioral disorders personnel preparation at the leadership level. Results obtained from 102 institutions, an 80% response, indicated the following: (1) 46% of respondents had sought one or more BD faculty members during the past 5 years, and 16% had failed to find a suitable faculty member; (2) 73% of open positions were replacement positions, and 27% were due to program expansion; (3) the most frequent reasons for needing replacement faculty were turn-over, retirement, and death or illness; (4) the majority of respondents indicated a sufficient number of female applicants but an insufficient number of minority applicants. It is concluded that the significant short-fall in graduates and the insufficient number of graduates choosing BD careers in institutions of higher education indicates that BD preparation programs need to concentrate on attracting more students, particularly minority students, into doctoral level programs. Additional student financial support is recommended to aid in recruiting. The questionnaire is included. (JDD)
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, College Faculty, Doctoral Programs, Futures (of Society), Graduate Study, Higher Education, Leadership Training, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, Schools of Education, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Surveys, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Recruitment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Severe Behavior Disorders in Children and Youth (Tempe, AZ, 1991).