NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1096047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Toward Understanding Principals' Hiring Practices
Engel, Mimi; Curran, F. Chris
Journal of Educational Administration, v54 n2 p173-190 2016
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore variation across principals in terms of the number and types of strategies they engage in to find teachers to fill the vacancies in their schools. The practices that the authors consider to be strategic are aligned with the district's goals and objectives for teacher recruitment. Design/methodology/approach: The authors selected 31 schools from the Chicago Public Schools system through a combination of stratified random sampling and purposive sampling. Through analysis of qualitative interviews with the 31 principals of these schools, the authors explore a range of principals' hiring strategies and provide brief case examples to illuminate differences in hiring practices across principals. Findings: The authors find that the majority of principals in the sample engage in relatively few of the practices considered strategic. Interestingly, sample principals who engaged in seven or more strategic practices were more likely to work in high schools than in elementary schools. Research limitations/implications: While the range of strategic hiring practices the authors explore provides a starting point for analyzing principals' hiring practices, it is important to recognize that the list of strategies the authors consider is not exhaustive. For instance, the context of the study did not allow the authors to analyze practices such as the consideration of teacher value-added scores. Practical implications: This study should be replicated in other contexts in order to see whether and how principals' hiring practices vary by country, geographic location, urbanicity, and other factors. Originality/value: This study is the first, to the authors' knowledge, to detail principals' hiring practices in relation to their district's teacher recruitment plan with the aim of adding to the knowledge base on teacher hiring.
Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 1WA, UK. Tel: +44-1274-777700; Fax: +44-1274-785201; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A