ERIC Number: ED396386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Secondary School Hiring Preferences: An Exploratory Study.
Johanson, George A.; Gips, Crystal J.
This paper presents findings of a national survey that asked principals to identify qualities they found desirable in teaching candidates. A total of 271 out of 500 secondary principals returned completed questionnaires, a 54 percent response rate. A single questionnaire item, in which respondents rated a fictitious teaching candidate, elicited a 77 percent response rate. Responses were measured by three kinds of formats--Likert, forced-choice, and free-response. The analysis developed a composite scaling of teaching candidate qualities that correlated highly with each format. In general, the principals greatly valued affective qualities over cognitive qualities. In selecting the most capable candidate, principals preferred candidates with greater cognitive capabilities when affective qualities were held constant. However, principals viewed the cognitive qualities as relatively unimportant compared with the affective qualities--so much that cognitive attributes might well prove extraneous in practice. Finally, the way in which a question was asked may have a large effect on both responses and the possible interpretations of those responses. Five tables are included. (Contains 18 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).