Date of Award:

1949

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

School of Teacher Education and Leadership

Advisor/Chair:

John C. Carlisle

Abstract

During the years of World War II the faculties of the public schools in Utah, as well as in the rest of the nation, were depleted to a serious extent, and enrollment in teacher training institutions throughout the country decreased. Because of this condition the State Department of Education in Utah as well as in other states was forced to issue letters of authorization to teachers who could not meet standard certification requirements in order to staff the schools. Many of these teachers are still teaching today. The purpose of this study is to obtain information regarding the supply of and demand for elementary teachers in the state of Utah for the period 1946-1949, and to predict the demand for teachers to 1955-56. an attempt will be made to answer the following questions: Did the state gain ground by having an increased percentage of qualified teachers during the three year period (1946-1949) assuming that the number of teaching positions remaind the same? If gains were made, how long will it take to equalize the situation? Assuming present practices will not equalize supply and demand by 1956, how much of an increase in supply will be needed by 1956? From evidences that we have on changing demand from increased population, increased educational services, e.g. kindergarten and decrease in class size, how much of an increase in suppy will be needed by 1956? Only the supply of and demand for teachers of the elementary school will be dealt with in this study. The supply of and demand for secondary teachers is treated in another study that is being done in conjuction with this one.

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