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ERIC Number: EJ959417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1306-3065
Profiles of U.S. Science Teacher Candidates: Safeguards amidst the Gathering Storm
Westerlund, Julie F.; Radcliffe, Rich A.; Smith, Daniel A.; Lemke, Maureen R.; West, Sandra S.
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, v6 n3 p213-227 Jul 2011
The shortage of science teachers in the United States and throughout the world indicates a collective need to recruit more students into the science teaching field and to retain current science teachers. This study explores the profiles of U.S. science teacher candidates and investigates what attracts and discourages these pre-service teachers into teaching science. Through the use of survey and structured interview approaches we investigated the profiles of pre-service elementary, middle school, and high school teachers (n = 109) who were interested in teaching science. Common findings among this set of science teacher candidates included: positive science experiences with K-12 teachers during childhood, beliefs that certain teacher preparation content courses were roadblocks to becoming certified, unfamiliarity with the employment market for science teachers, and a lack of being recruited to teach science. Based on these profile characteristics of science teacher candidates, teacher educators may pursue specific strategies to encourage more teacher-candidates to select science as their teaching field. (Contains 4 tables.)
International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication. Abant Izzet Baysal University, Faculty of Education, 14280 Golkoy-Bolu, Turkey. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States