ERIC Number: ED221917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Selection of Teachers and School Administrators: A Synthesis of the Literature.
Kahl, Stuart R.
To meet the need of school decision-makers for an improved teacher and administrator selection process, this paper describes the "state of the art" in selections processes and recommends modifications that could be instituted in most school systems. Over 200 references are cited, with an emphasis on research findings from the last 10 to 15 years. The first two chapters are on teacher and administrator selection, respectively. The third chapter concerns documents dealing directly with women and minorities in education professions. Among the major findings of the report are that most school districts lack an established policy for the selection of teachers or administrators. In addition, the author found that the personal interview is the most utilized selection technique, although hiring officials have seldom had any training in interview techniques. Finally, there is overwhelming evidence that the effectiveness of different selection criteria depends largely on the nature of the local environment. Among the recommendations are that school districts develop a systematic research-based selection program; conduct extensive, planned interviews; continuously monitor the effectiveness of the selection process; and actively recruit members of groups that are underrepresented. (MLF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Regional Educational Lab., Inc., Denver, CO.