ERIC Number: ED368889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Recruitment and Retention of Minority Teachers in Vocational Education. ERIC Digest No. 144.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Although the number of minority students in U.S. schools continues to increase, the number of ethnically diverse teachers continues to decline. The multicultural classroom creates a demand for teachers who are aware of cultural differences within the student population. Minority teachers are in a unique position to understand these differences and to provide ethnic role models. Several factors contribute to the shortage of minority teachers, including the low retention rate of minority students attending college and difficulties in transferring from two- to four-year colleges. Because many instructors in community colleges are vocational teachers, recruitment of students into vocational education and vocational education teaching careers has great potential. Among suggested strategies to enhance recruitment of minorities are the following: develop candidate pools, promote vocational education in the schools, establish scholarships for minority students, recruit at community colleges, and seek candidates in business and industry. Efforts to retain minority teachers in vocational education should include institutional commitment to multicultural understanding and diversity. The following are among incentives for enriching teachers' multicultural understanding: learning a second language, living in the community, becoming involved in the community, and celebrating cultural events. (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.