Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring the efficiency and effectiveness of teacher selection tools: The effects on the total group with a focus on elementary and secondary sub-groups
by Cicotte, Gregory Matthew, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2009, 159; 3389390
Abstract (Summary)

As schools struggle to meet federal testing requirements, the importance of having highly effective teachers in every classroom has never been greater, and, given the current downward trend in the economy, there are more teaching applicants than ever. School districts would benefit from a streamlined process to interview and select only the most highly-qualified teachers.

The researcher’s purpose in this study was to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of a unique and specific teacher selection process which included three Ventures for Excellence screening tools and one innovative instrument designed for this study, the performance rating scale. A collaborative correlational study involving three investigators was conducted to determine if there was an association between the three Ventures for Excellence tools (the written application questions, the StyleProfile online screening tool, and the 22-question screening interview tool) and the performance rating scale. A multiple linear regression study was conducted to determine the relationship between the predictive qualities of the selection tools and the actual teaching performance during the 2007-2008 school year.

The research question was, “Are the teacher selection tools currently being utilized in the study district able to predict first year success?” The sub-question was, “Is there a difference in prediction related to elementary and secondary levels, gender, and experience?” This investigator focused on the elementary and secondary issue.

In the literature review, the researchers examined (a) the impact of quality teaching on achievement, (b) characteristics of effective teachers, (c) teacher characteristics as related to elementary and secondary levels and (d) techniques and strategies that districts have adopted to select quality candidates. The common thread was that the teacher may be the most important factor affecting student achievement.

The most salient finding was that the 22-question interview was the most predictive of teacher success. There were no significant predictors of performance based on elementary or secondary levels. The researchers also found, overall, that the StyleProfile rarely predicted teacher success. The recommendation to the study district was to use the StyleProfile tool cautiously with teacher candidates. A recommendation for future research is to replicate the study with larger subject groups.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vitale, Cynthia
Commitee: Corum, Patty, Hutcheson, Jill
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Elementary education, Secondary education, Educational technology
Keywords: StyleProfile, Teacher selection process, Ventures for excellence
Publication Number: 3389390
ISBN: 978-1-109-55911-8
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