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ERIC Number: ED524007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 98
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1870-4
The Effects of Age, Years of Experience, and Type of Experience in the Teacher Selection Process
Vail, David Scott
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Dayton
Paper screening in the pre-selection process of hiring teachers has been the focus in an ongoing series of similar studies starting with Allison in 1981. There have been many independent variables, including, but not limited to, age, gender, ethnic background, years of experience, type of experience, and grade point average, introduced into the various studies but all have used the same format. Each administrator in the survey was asked to rate hypothetical candidates based on the information provided by the researcher and to provide an evaluation of each of the candidates. The dependent variable in several of these studies, including this one, was the administrator's evaluation of each candidate. The independent variables used in this study were candidate age, candidate years of experience, candidate type of experience, and type of district of the administrator. The purpose of this study was to determine if an administrator is inclined to select a candidate whose experience is similar to the type of district to which the candidate is applying. There was significant finding that candidates with 8 years of experience were preferred over candidates with 3 years of experience. There was also statistical significance in the relation between the type of district as reported by the administrator and the age of the hypothetical teacher candidate. The respondents who classified themselves to be from urban schools showed that they were inclined to choose the 29-year old candidate over the 49-year old candidate. The suburban administrators, on the other hand, were more inclined to choose the 49-year old candidate over the 29-year old candidate. The administrators who classified themselves as being from a rural district showed no preference in one age group over another. While there was no statistical significance of the hypothesis related to the similarity-attraction, there was evidence to support this theory. [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 Secondary Education
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Language: English
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