Journal of Science Teacher Education

, 22:459

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

  • Julie A. LuftAffiliated withSchool of Life Sciences & Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State UniversityFulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, Arizona State University Email author 
  • , Sissy S. WongAffiliated withFulton Institute and Graduate School of Education, Arizona State UniversityCollege of Education, University of Houston
  • , Steve SemkenAffiliated withSchool of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University


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.


Recruitment Secondary science teachers Science teacher education