Faculty needs, doctoral preparation, and the future of teacher preparation programs in the education of deaf and hard of hearing students

Kendra M. Benedict, Harold Johnson, Shirin D. Antia

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Abstract

The purposes of the study were to obtain and analyze data on the need for, and desired characteristics of, faculty in deaf education at American institutions of higher education (IHEs), and to assess the present and projected status of doctoral-level teacher preparation programs in deaf education at American IHEs. Program directors and coordinators provided information on current and projected faculty openings, the number of active doctoral students, faculty research interests, program strengths, and needs in the field. Results indicated a pending shortage due to faculty retirements and a paucity of doctoral-level graduates. Most faculty listed literacy and language as a primary research interest as well as a program strength. The ability to generate new knowledge through research was found to be less desirable for future faculty than teaching ability. Suggestions for improving doctoral preparation and moving the field to evidence-based practices are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-46
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Annals of the Deaf
Volume156
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Speech and Hearing

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