ERIC Number: ED423220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Demand in Canada. A Report on the Teacher Labour Market.
This report summarizes findings from a national survey to gather information about current and future demand for teachers in Canada and to identify underlying policy concerns. The Teacher Demand survey was conducted with a sample of school districts in all provinces and territories and in both official languages. The survey contained 18 questions covering a broad range of issues, beginning with specific examinations of student enrollment and employment trends and ending with general inquiries into policy requirements. Respondents were asked about current teacher requirements and priorities and about teacher attrition and recruitment. There were 136 usable questionnaires, for a response rate of 67.7 percent. Results indicated a trend from a chronic teacher shortage to a perpetual surplus. However, there were still problems recruiting highly qualified individuals to rural and remote areas. There were projected teacher shortages due to the quality of teacher graduates, the match between vacancies and available recruits, the level and pace of student enrollment change, immigration policies, the nature and extent of interprovincial migration, resource allocation policies, teacher opportunities (e.g., early retirement), and teacher turnover rates due, in part, to an aging teacher labor force. Many respondents noted that current government reforms and revisions to teacher education programs are already resulting in a greater balance between supply and demand. Among the priorities identified by school districts, the most frequent response was technology education. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Faculty Mobility, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching (Occupation)
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada