ERIC Number: ED114938
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Opinions of Mississippi School Administrators Regarding Factors Considered Most Important in Hiring Teachers for Their First Teaching Position. Research Report Vol. 5, No. 8.
In order to determine what characteristics are most important in prompting Mississippi's major educational consumers to hire teachers, an opinionnaire was developed and sent to a stratified random sample of elementary, junior high, and senior high principals, and to superintendents. The questionnaire consisted of 11 factors to be ranked according to their priorities by the school administrators who were concerned with hiring teachers for their first teaching position. There was high agreement between the groups. Effective use of written and oral English was ranked first by three groups. Personal appearance was ranked second by superintendents and senior high principals, and third by the other principals. The principals placed slightly more confidence in the evaluation of the public school supervisor than did the superintendents, who felt that students' grade point average were more indicative of future teaching performance. This survey suggests that those seeking positions in Mississippi will not be judged first by their academic records and recommendations but rather by the way they write in initial contacts by letter, the manner in which they complete their application forms, and the impression they leave in interviews. Several suggestions for incorporating these results in teacher preparation programs are presented. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Louisiana Education Research Association, Baton Rouge.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Bureau of Educational Materials and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi