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ERIC Number: ED513202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 118
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1092-8313-6
Screening Teacher Candidates: Luck of the Draw or Objective Selection?
Bolz, Anthony James
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
This study was an attempt to gain an understanding of what tools and strategies elementary school administrators in Wisconsin use to screen teacher candidates during the hiring process. The results were analyzed to determine the extent to which administrators are screening for characteristics of candidates that predict success in the classroom. The task of hiring a teacher can be a daunting endeavor that begins with a pool of applications and ends with a single successful candidate. The journey in between lacks specificity and is often ambiguous and non-objective. There are a wide range of strategies being used to narrow the pool of applications to a final few from which the successful candidate will be hired. But how can a principal be confident that he or she has chosen the best candidates from which a final candidate will be chosen? This study examines what practices are being used in Wisconsin to screen teacher applications and attempts to determine the extent to which these strategies screen for characteristics of quality teachers as determined by research. The results indicate that there is much work to be done in the area of screening teacher candidates. The principals interviewed for this study had minimal training on how to screen teacher candidates. Each of the six administrators developed their own system for screening candidates with little or no direction from their school district. In addition, the findings indicate a lack of consistency in how teacher candidates are screened even within a given district. In general, principals understand the importance of the hiring process yet have little training and guidance in how to effectively screen teacher candidate files for those that are highly qualified. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin