ERIC Number: ED282850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Selection of Teachers. Research in Brief.
This brief overview of a larger report focuses on a study of flaws in teacher selection and suggests improvements. It is noted that students do poorly in school because they often have new, inexperienced teachers. When these teachers get seniority, they transfer to "easier" schools, leaving new positions open to be again filled by novice teachers. To recruit more teachers for these positions, school districts should improve their selection process, reexamine certification and retirement policies that discourage out-of-state teachers, eliminate arbitrary limits for placing teachers on the district salary schedule, and remember that recruitment begins with having something to sell. Because research indicates that one "best system' of teaching doesn't exist and that teaching needs vary among settings, schools should have the freedom to select teachers who meet their specific needs. School districts need systems that deliver up-to-date information about candidates to all decision makers, including principals, personnel departments, and prospective teachers. Incentives should be provided to attract teachers to less attractive schools, and efforts should be made to disperse new teachers among all types of schools. (CB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.