ERIC Number: ED343358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Special Education Leadership: Supply and Demand Revisited.
Smith, Deborah Deutsch; And Others
This study sought to update and expand the existing databases relating to the supply and demand of special education leadership personnel through a survey of 55 institutions of higher education (IHEs) having doctoral programs in special education. Results are analyzed in terms of doctoral enrollments for the 1990-91 academic year, specialty areas, faculty searches, faculty needs projections, reasons for new faculty positions, and positions taken by graduates. The survey found that schools participating in the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) were the greatest suppliers of leadership personnel and that their graduates take positions in institutions of higher education more frequently, while non-HECSE graduates tend to take positions in state or local education agencies at a greater rate. There was, however, an increase of non-HECSE doctorates entering IHEs, perhaps because they had two or more areas of specialty and could teach across broader and more areas. Very few new doctorates were unable to find employment within their field of expertise. Special education appears to have a very limited pool of future applicants who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The survey reinforces previous work on the need to re-supply exiting and retiring faculties. (17 references) (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Doctoral Programs, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Labor Market, Leadership Training, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Specialization, Supply and Demand, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educator Education, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For a related document, see EC 301 042.