ERIC Number: ED352361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Who's Missing from the Classroom: The Need for Minority Teachers. Trends and Issues Paper, No. 9.
During the past decade, there has been a simultaneous decline in the number of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American teachers and an increase in the number of students among these same groups of minorities (referenced in this text as people of color). An array of topics relative to this decline were explored as the subject of a 1991 nationwide interactive teleconference entitled "Who's Missing from the Classroom: The Need for Minority Teachers." This monograph examines the significance of diversity and the implications of the decline of teachers of color; factors that shape the decline; and solutions for reversing the decline. Strategies emerging from the teleconference reflect the realization that the current pool of the most able students of color are not attracted to teaching; a pool of prospective teachers must be fashioned from those who have traditionally bypassed college and found careers in other occupations; students of color must be held academically accountable at the same level as are white students; and new commitments of resources must be made for recruitment. Items for further discussion, an appendix presenting brief biographies of panelists and 32 references are offered. (LL)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian Americans, Blacks, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Hispanic Americans, Minority Group Children, Minority Group Teachers, Monographs, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation), Teleconferencing
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education, Washington, DC.