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ERIC Number: ED549079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 128
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2673-4893-7
What Rural Superintendents in Ohio Value in New Teacher Candidates
Smith, Richard D., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Ashland University
The purpose of this study was to have a better understanding of what rural superintendents are looking for in new first-year teachers, and to provide that information to future teaching candidates and colleges of education that are preparing teachers for the 21st Century classroom. Over the past twenty years, superintendents have not changed in what they value in new teachers. Rural superintendents ranked these characteristics of new teacher applicants as most important in this order: self-motivated, certification, communication skills, works well with others, and a tie among strong teaching skills, cooperative, and enthusiastic. When teacher applicant skills were grouped into personal skills and professional skills, rural superintendents gave statistically significantly higher ratings to the personal skills. Rural superintendents in Ohio value the principal's involvement and the interviews as the most important part of the district hiring process. Rural superintendents feel there are gaps in the partnership between school districts and colleges of education, and they desire to see colleges provide more preparation with new teacher candidates in teaching experiences, student teaching, classroom management, communication skills, common core knowledge, and assessment knowledge. [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; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio