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ERIC Number: EJ999463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
Evaluating Prospects: The Criteria Used to Hire New Teachers
Cranston, Jerome
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v58 n3 p350-367 Fall 2012
Teacher hiring decisions have far-reaching effects. Accordingly, it is important that prospective teachers be scrutinized carefully. The process that yields new teacher hires also deserves careful analysis. This article reports on key findings derived from a larger study that examined the overall organization of the hiring process and how criteria were weighted in both the screening and selection phases of the process throughout school divisions in Manitoba, Canada. The study, which used a Likert-like scale questionnaire, obtained information from superintendents in three-quarters of Manitoba's school divisions. Using a multi-criteria decision making analysis approach, the findings suggest three general themes, namely: (a) there is significant variation among divisions regarding the degree of centralization of hiring, (b) evaluations made during interviews are the most important factor in deciding whom to hire, and (c) orthodox measures of academic proficiency are de-emphasized. The findings suggest that while candidates obviously deserve careful scrutiny, so too does the process that purports to yield the best results from any given group of applicants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada