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Teachers’ Characteristics: Research on the Demographic Profile University

ByKaren Zumwalt and Elizabeth Craig, Teachers College, Columbia

Increasing birthrates, immigration, teacher retirements, and attrition are fueling the projected need for 200,000 new teachers annually over the next decade. The news media regularly predict teacher shortages and raise concerns that teacher education institutions will not be able to meet the demand for new teachers. Educators are apprehensive that the rush to fill vacancies will scuttle recent progress in upgrading standards for theprofession.Most importantly, they fear that a shortage of good teachers will undermine attempts to educate all children to meet the challenges of the new century. Hence, issues of quantity, quality, and equity dominate current discussions of the teaching pool.