ERIC Number: ED343357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
History and Future Needs of Doctoral Training in Special Education.
Smith, Deborah Deutsch; And Others
This paper traces the history of leadership training in the field of special education as a context for a projection of future leadership personnel needs. The current situation in supply and demand for special education leadership personnel is analyzed, and it is found that the number of available personnel is dwindling while the number of job openings is remaining constant or increasing. A discussion of concerns for the future focuses on how much specialization is desirable and a discussion of which content areas and skills are important for special education leadership personnel considers such areas as assistive devices, multicultural education, ergonomist skills, and distance education. The paper calls for changes in federal support of doctoral programs in such a way as to dedicate a substantial portion of leadership funding to doctoral student support while retaining funds to be allocated to new programs in new areas of specialization. The question is raised as to whether the Comprehensive System for Personnel Development is the best vehicle for data collection and analysis of leadership personnel, and it is concluded that the field is facing a critical shortage of both generalists and specialists, that the breadth of the field is expanding, and that a national data collection system is needed. (8 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Doctoral Programs, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Leadership Training, Needs Assessment, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Supply and Demand, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see EC 301 043.