Rethinking Recruitment: The Comprehensive and Strategic Recruitment of Secondary Science Teachers

Julie A. Luft, Sissy S. Wong, Steven Semken

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The shortage of science teachers has spurred a discussion about their retention and recruitment. While discussion about retaining science teachers has increased dramatically in just the last few years, science teacher educators have not attended to the recruitment of science teachers with the same tenacity. This paper is our effort to initiate this discussion and to focus on secondary science teachers. We begin by suggesting why recruitment is important and explore related research. We then suggest a comprehensive and strategic orientation towards recruitment that serves as a mechanism to examine current practices in the field. In presenting this position paper, we hope that science teacher educators will contemplate their own recruitment practices and begin discussing the recruitment process more openly with one another.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-474
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Science Teacher Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Recruitment
  • Science teacher education
  • Secondary science teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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