ERIC Number: ED358512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-11
Hiring Excellent Teachers: Current Interviewing Theories, Techniques, and Practices.
Caldwell, Terry G.
Hiring qualified teachers is one of the most important steps toward providing a good education to students. Because of the large investment of time and money, teacher hiring is one of the costliest administrative duties. Inexperienced and unskilled interviewers can make poor hiring decisions. Research on hiring interviews shows that they are often unstructured, rely on false assumptions, and are inconsistent. Current research on hiring teachers covers four areas: qualities of excellent teachers, structuring interviews, interviewer suggestions, and teacher candidate's perception of the interviewer. Several procedures are recommended for teacher hiring. School or department needs must be assessed to determine which candidate can best meet those needs. Since interviews alone are unreliable, candidates' resumes, miniteaching lessons, and tests should be used. All interviews should be structured with consistent questions asked of all candidates, and answers should be rated on a scale. Interviews should begin with open-ended questions, and questions should focus on the candidate's past experiences. Interviews should be done by panels of three or more people. Candidates should visit classes, students, faculty, and the administration. Ratings scales and interviewing aids are included. (Contains 41 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Project, California State University-Long Beach.