ERIC Number: EJ759949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
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Where Can We Find Future K-12 Science and Math Teachers? A Search by Academic Year, Discipline, and Academic Performance Level
Moin, Laura J.; Dorfield, Jennifer K.; Schunn, Christian D.
Science Education, v89 n6 p980-1006 Nov 2005
Responding to the increasing math and science teacher shortage in the United States, this study intended to determine which science, engineering, and math (SEM) majors during which years in their undergraduate education and from which academic performance levels are most interested in K-12 teaching. Results may aid policymakers and practitioners in making most effective use of this traditional undergraduate candidate pool when designing K-12 science and math teacher recruitment programs. A survey of SEM majors from two research-oriented, urban universities is used to assess participants' interest in K-12 teaching both compared to other career choices and in isolation. Results indicate that the more successful targets for K-12 teacher recruitment include (1) SEM undergraduates in their junior and senior years independent of SEM major, (2) SEM undergraduates with mid-academic performance levels independent of SEM major and academic year, and (3) math majors followed by natural science majors and, as least promising targets, engineering majors. Results remain independent from gender and ethnicity variables.
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Mathematics Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Undergraduate Study, Urban Universities, Teacher Shortage, Science Teachers, Natural Sciences, Engineering Education, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Elementary School Mathematics, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Recruitment, Science Education, Mathematics Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States