ERIC Number: ED390146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Perceptions of Responsibility for Decision Making: Hiring a Teacher.
Hill, Marie Somers; Casteel, DiAnn
The Tennessee education system has slowly introduced school-based management (SBM) or site based decision making (SBDM). This paper presents findings of a study that investigated Tennessee educators' perceptions of responsibility for teacher hiring. Data were obtained from a survey of 197 teachers, 22 principals, 13 district administrators, and 22 other educators in northeastern Tennessee. Fifty-one percent said that the school district should have responsibility for teacher hiring, and 25 percent and 24 percent gave responsibility to the principal and to a collaborative process, respectively. Teachers and administrators did not differ in their perceptions of who should have decision-making responsibility during the four phases of the hiring process. Teachers, parents, and district administrators said that the school district should handle clerical duties, the training of interviewers, salary negotiation, advertisement of job vacancies, and the review of applicants. All three groups said that collaborative efforts should involve developing interview questions, conducting interviews, and selecting the candidates. The findings point to school-level personnel's discomfort for SBM decision making. Five tables are included. The appendix contains a copy of the questionnaire. (Contains 9 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).