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ERIC Number: ED515201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 150
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-7290-9
An Analysis of Teacher Selection Tools in Pennsylvania
Vitale, Tracy L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh
The purpose of this study was to examine teacher screening and selection tools currently being utilized by public school districts in Pennsylvania and to compare these tools to the research on qualities of effective teachers. The researcher developed four research questions that guided her study. The Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA) granted the researcher permission to survey their members. PASPA's Executive Director sent an e-mail describing the study and invited his members to participate in the electronic survey. The e-mail asked members to click on a link that took them to a 10-15 minute survey about teacher selection tools. Fifty-five members completed the survey, with a total response rate of 32 percent. Quantitative data were analyzed using, percentages, means and standard deviations. Qualitative analysis was used to interpret data obtained from open-ended questions. The results of the study indicated that approximately 71% of reporting Pennsylvania public schools were utilizing some type of electronic on-line warehousing database for which to search and screen potential teacher candidates. However, a high number of reporting school districts were not using any type of commercial product for screening or interviewing candidates. Further, 93% of reporting school districts were using locally created interview questions. Finally, participants indicated that the top three factors considered when hiring a teacher were the candidate's: knowledge of teaching and learning, content knowledge, and knowledge of good classroom practices. There were insufficient data to determine if the commercial or locally created teacher selection tools were linked to the qualities of effective teachers. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania