ERIC Number: ED453615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Establishing the Supply and Demand for Special Educators.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that reviewed various teacher supply and demand studies to investigate the impact of survey designs on special education personnel preparation and to formulate an agenda of advocacy for the future design of surveys. Results from the study of two national surveys, three state surveys, two association surveys, and two national projection publications indicate: (1) national comprehensive longitudinal studies do not report desegregated data for special educators even when respondents have been able to identify themselves as having teaching assignments related to students with disabilities; (2) national studies collecting information from teachers are inconsistent in their listings of related services professionals and collection of data; (3) special education caseloads vary across disabilities and service delivery models, affecting projections; (4) perceptions do not carry the weight of numerical data and reduce the credibility of results; (5) variations in state licensure fields mirror trends in special education and defy uniform collection of data by disability served or teacher licensure; and (6) national comprehensive longitudinal surveys do not include questions that address fully the interests or needs of special education around legal burdens, paperwork, the broad range of instructional needs, and overlapping professional roles. Recommendations are included. (CR)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Information Utilization, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Special Education Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Shortage
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1110 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201-5704.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Arlington, VA.