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ERIC Number: EJ1056384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
The Challenge of Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in the United States: Is This a Compensation or Demand Issue?
Morse, Tammy C.; Mujtaba, Bahaudin G.
Contemporary Issues in Education Research, v1 n3 p1-10 2008
School districts and educational leaders as well as administrators across the nation believe they are facing teacher shortages. There is a widely-held belief that they are facing a critical shortage of teachers, primarily due to recent increases in teacher retirements and student enrollments. However, others believe that this is a superficial conclusion drawn from growing student enrollments, smaller class sizes, and retirements. The assumption incorrectly surmised is that there is not enough supply, in this case, of new teachers entering the profession, to meet demand. Studies looking at both supply and demand for new teachers entering the profession have found that the demand for teachers has indeed grown over the last decade. However, many researchers contend that there is an ample supply of teachers to not only meet, but exceed the demand. This paper explores the two sides of this topic and provides recommendations for administrators and educational leaders.
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Teacher Retirement, Enrollment Trends, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Recruitment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)