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ERIC Number: EJ1003866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1931-6569
The Effects of Age, Years of Experience, and Type of Experience in the Teacher Selection Process
Place, A. William; Vail, David S.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v10 n1 p8-22 Spr 2013
Paper screening in the pre-selection process of hiring teachers has been an established line of research starting with Young and Allison (1982). Administrators were asked to rate hypothetical candidates based on the information provided by the researcher. The dependent variable in several of these studies (e.g. Young & Fox, 2002; Young & Schmidt, 1987), as well as this one, was the administrator's evaluation of candidates. The independent variables used were candidate age, candidate years of experience, candidate type of experience, and type of district of the administrator. Candidates with eight years of experience were preferred over candidates with three years of experience. This could help districts in retention efforts because this finding, if made known, could lessen the perception that good teachers might have that if they remain more than a few years that their ability to move could be lessened by becoming more costly due to more years of experience. There was also a significant interaction between the type of district and teacher age. Urban school administrators were inclined to choose the 29-year old candidate over the 49-year old candidate. Suburban administrators, on the other hand, were more inclined to choose the 49-year old candidate. Administrators from a rural district showed no preference in one age group over another. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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