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ERIC Number: EJ900182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Is the Supply of Mathematics and Science Teachers Sufficient?
Ingersoll, Richard M.; Perda, David
American Educational Research Journal, v47 n3 p563-594 Sep 2010
This study seeks to empirically ground the debate over mathematics and science teacher shortages and evaluate the extent to which there is, or is not, sufficient supply of teachers in these fields. The authors' analyses of nationally representative data from multiple sources show that math and science are the fields most difficult to staff, but the factors behind these problems are complex. There are multiple sources of new teachers; those with education degrees are a minor source compared to those with degrees in math and science and the reserve pool. Over the past two decades, graduation requirements, student course taking, and teacher retirements have all increased for math and science, yet the new supply has more than kept pace. However, when preretirement teacher attrition is factored in, there is a much tighter balance between supply and demand. Unlike fields such as English, for math and science, there is not a large cushion of new supply relative to losses--resulting in staffing problems in schools with higher turnover. (Contains 2 tables, 7 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (NCES); Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)
IES Cited: ED544454