ERIC Number: ED364682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-31
Criteria for Hiring First Time Teachers, with an Emphasis on Technology Education. Final Report.
Smith, Roger A.
A study examined the criteria used in hiring "first-time" technology education teachers. A survey questionnaire was mailed to a stratified, paired random sample of 652 administrators from 302 school districts in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Illinois. A total of 248 questionnaires were deemed usable (38% return rate). Five general criteria areas (academic preparation, personal traits, professional traits, professionally related experience, and work experience/paid employment) were rated for their importance, and individual specific criteria were rated for importance within each general area. Particular emphasis was placed on the field of technology education, and an additional 28 criteria were rated. Personal traits were ranked most important, followed respectively by professional traits, academic preparation, professionally related experience, and work experience. It was discovered that, when hiring first-time technology education teachers, administrators are looking for healthy, outgoing, enthusiastic, confident, caring teachers who know their subject matter, like working with students, and are able to deliver their course content effectively. Administrators are seeking teachers who will use contemporary teaching techniques such as decision making, problem solving, and simulations to instill traditional work values within their students. (Thirty-four figures are included, and the survey instrument is appended.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Technical Foundation of America, San Marcos, TX.
Authoring Institution: N/A