Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Policies and Practices for Hiring Effective Teachers: A Qualitative Study of Louisiana Public Schools
by Kling, Gary Andrew, Jr., Ed.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 145; 3712540
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research was to explore individual district hiring policies within Louisiana. The primary question guiding this research was: Is there a particular process currently used by districts in the state of Louisiana that leads to hiring a greater number of effective teachers? Qualitative methodological procedures used in this research explored current policies throughout Louisiana in relation to teacher hiring. Using a case study, data was collected in two phases: (1) an extensive review of the policies in 17 districts; and (2) interviews of five district personnel. The document review uncovered 7 themes and 25 codes essential in the process of hiring teachers. Those themes were: (1) documentation; (2) positions; (3) contracts and compensation; (4) qualifications and duties; (5) recruitment; (6) employment; and (7) assignment. Interviews were used to determine how individual districts were implementing state and federal policy.

Finally, three major findings were discovered as a result of the research: (1) Louisiana suffers from pockets of insufficient teacher supply; (2) technology, including social media, can serve as a valuable tool in recruiting and hiring of effective teachers; and (3) no major distinction in hiring practices across districts. An implication for educational leaders include reviewing current policy to eliminate barriers which may prevent the use of technology as a recruiting tool for K-12 educators.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olivier, Dianne F.
Commitee: Fossey, William R., Hoffman, Sharon C.
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, School administration
Keywords: Hiring practices, Louisiana, Teacher selection
Publication Number: 3712540
ISBN: 9781321894394
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