ERIC Number: ED041849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
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Pre-Decisional Information Search in Teacher Selection. Final Report.
Hickey, Michael E.
This research was conducted to discover school administrators' methods of searching for and processing information needed in decisionmaking, and to determine whether this decision is affected by cost and risk factors in the decision situation. A teacher selection process was simulated, with two independent variables (the cost of information available and the risk involved), and five dependent variables (average time required to process applicants, information selectivity, proportion of available information used, specificity of search pattern, and measures on both tentative and final certainty). The subjects were 81 elementary principals selected randomly from a three-county area in Washington state. They were required to consider five applicants for a fictitious teaching position and to make decisions regarding the suitability of each. An analysis of variance yielded cost as a significant main effect. Risk was not significant, and there was no significant interaction. The technique developed for analyzing information search processes utilizing a computer-based information system holds considerable promise for use in the selection decisionmaking process. (MBM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.