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ERIC Number: ED452163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Building the Profession through Faculty Recruitment of Future Teachers.
Ward, Marty; Fernandez, Diana; Wells, Tim
This paper discusses the role of teacher educators in helping resolve the national shortage of qualified teachers who are able to work with increasingly diverse students. This critical shortage requires intentional, aggressive recruitment of high quality future teachers, particularly from traditionally underrepresented groups. The involvement of teacher education faculty in these recruitment efforts strengthens the emerging professionalism of teaching and enhances the appeal of careers in teaching. Recruitment efforts at one high-needs, ethnic minority, urban high school began as an extension of a Texas university's field-based teacher education program. University faculty speak to high school classes and support efforts to begin a future teachers' organization. Preservice teachers provide models for high school students, who are mentored by their clinical teachers in the high school classrooms. Evening planning meetings allow opportunities to promote the teaching profession among high school students. Preservice teachers make presentations to high school students on teaching as a career. Student surveys in December 2000 indicated that three-fourths of the high school students had no interest in teaching. Information gained from the survey supports the offering of a future teachers' course and establishment of a future teachers' club. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas