Teacher Shortages and Surpluses in New York State: Perceptions of Rural Teaching Candidates and Administrators.Report as inadecuate

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In 1992, Ticonderoga Central School District, an isolated rural district in New York, advertised for a single elementary education teacher and received over 400 applications. Given recent publicity about an impending teacher shortage, a project was undertaken to determine the true status of teacher supply and demand in New York. Surveys of 63 of the Ticonderoga applicants and 181 administrators from most New York counties (excluding New York City) examined attitudes and perceptions about a teacher shortage or surplus. Applicants indicated that: (1) they had been led to believe there was a teacher shortage; (2) they were very frustrated with job hunting; and (3) they were dissatisfied with their teacher preparation program in the area of employability and marketability. Administrators reported shortages of librarians and physics, foreign language, and chemistry teachers, while reporting apparent surpluses of elementary school, social studies, English, and physical education teachers. Coaching and yearbook advising were the most difficult extracurricular jobs to fill. Since elementary education, history, English, and physical education teachers are the largest teacher populations, there is apparently no teacher shortage overall. Extensive appendices include the survey questionnaires used, summaries of respondent characteristics and results, maps indicating applicant hometowns and colleges attended, applicant comments about job hunting, applicant ratings of their teacher preparation programs, summaries of teacher shortage areas, results from applicants who attended Plattsburgh State University (New York), teacher resume tips, and resources for teacher recruiting information. (SV)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Applicants, Preservice Teacher Education, Rural Areas, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage

Author: Connors, William R.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10186&id=ED369643


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