A Discussion of the Roles of Institutions of Higher Education in Meeting the Needs of Schools in Rural Areas.Report as inadecuate




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Rural schools have difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified special education teachers. In light of this problem, advertisements for special education tenure-track assistant professor positions were analyzed to ascertain whether teacher education programs are addressing the need for rural special education teachers. A total of 397 advertisements in the "Chronicle of Higher Education" for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 academic years were analyzed in two major areas: characteristics of the teacher education program for which the faculty member was being recruited; and the descriptors used to characterize the successful applicant. The advertisements showed a lack of emphasis on meeting special education teacher needs in rural areas: of the 397 ads, only 6 mentioned rural areas; 21 addressed teacher preparation at remote sites; 18 mentioned teacher preparation through distance education; and only 1 discussed alternative certification programs. Four tables present data on advertisements listing expertise in preparing special education teachers to work in rural or urban settings, additional descriptors related to expertise in preparing teachers to work in rural settings, strategies to meet teacher education needs in rural settings, and frequency and percentage of advertisements requiring expertise in preparing teachers to work in rural or urban settings with descriptors about school services or programs. Study limitations include lack of review of actual programs, lack of nonadvertised information about the positions, and lack of information about successful applicants. Contains 19 references. (SAS)

Descriptors: Content Analysis, Employment Qualifications, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Program Improvement, Rural Schools, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators











Author: Lasseter, David J.; Ryndak, Diane Lea

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11403&id=ED417913







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