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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, LJ and Dorfield, JK and Schunn, CD (2005) Where can we find future K-12 science and math teachers? A search by academic year, discipline, and academic performance level. Science Education, 89 (6). 980 - 1006. ISSN 0036-8326

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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. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Moin, LJ
Dorfield, JK
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 November 2005
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Science Education
Volume: 89
Number: 6
Page Range: 980 - 1006
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/sce.20088
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0036-8326
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2014 17:27
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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