Iowa, along with many other states, has been faced with a loss of qualified physics teachers to the private sector for better salaries. This has created a shortage of people qualified to teach physics. A study by Howe and Gerlovich (1983) indicated that the majority of states in the United States are experiencing serious shortages of "qualified" science and math teachers. Science consultants from each state were asked to rate the supply of science and mathematics teachers on a Likert Scale ranging from one to five (1 = surplus and 5 = critical shortage) in the years from 1980 to 1982. The summary in Table 1 shows the degree of shortage of physics, chemistry and mathematics teachers and permits a comparison of physics with chemistry and mathematics teachers.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
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Cooney, Timothy M. and Unruh, Roy D.
"The Iowa Physics Project: Past, Present, and Future,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 23
, Article 3.
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