ERIC Number: ED468520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
An Experimental Investigation of Principal Selection Decisions Made by Teachers Serving on School Councils.
Winter, Paul A.; Jaeger, Mary Grace
Public school teachers (N=189) role-played as members of school councils making principal selection decisions by rating simulated candidates for principal vacancies. The independent variables were principal candidate job experience, candidate person characteristics (communication, management, instructional leadership), and teacher school level. The dependent variable was teacher rating of the job candidate. A three-way ANOVA detected a significant main effect (F [2, 162] = 7.34, p < .001) for candidate job experience. Teachers rated the most experienced candidates higher than the least experienced candidates, but failed to rate the medium experienced candidate higher than the least experienced candidate or the most experienced candidate higher than the medium experienced candidate. The findings from this investigation should cause school reformers to revisit personnel policies with respect to principal selection. Study results strongly suggest that teachers on school councils, who lack administrative experience in the personnel function, have difficulty making optimal principal selection decisions that will maximally benefit the school. Results of such poor decision-making can jeopardize school performance and school reform. This study uncovered new knowledge about principal selection and did so using an innovative simulation approach that may serve to guide future selection investigations. (Contains 46 references and 3 tables.) (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration (56th, Burlington, VT, August 5-10, 2002).