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A Formative Evaluation of a Rural Pennsylvania School District’s Dispositional Hiring Practices

Leonard, Abigail (2019) A Formative Evaluation of a Rural Pennsylvania School District’s Dispositional Hiring Practices. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this inquiry was to conduct a formative evaluation of a rural Pennsylvania school district’s dispositional hiring practices. The review of literature includes disposition evaluation methods and summarizes the controversial nature of evaluating dispositions. Interviews of administrators who ask dispositional questions, and newly hired teachers who answered dispositional questions, were conducted to explore perceptions of dispositional hiring practices. Data from the interviews were coded to identify themes. Administrators in this study indicated dispositional questions are helpful to include in the interview protocol, improve their confidence in their hiring decisions, and assist with consistency across members of the interview panel. Acceptance was a common theme from teachers, who indicated dispositional questions made the interview feel more like a conversation than an interview, which made them more comfortable and less nervous. Teachers also indicated dispositional questions implied the district valued them as an individual, which positively impacted their perception of the district. Recommendations include further administrator training on dispositional questions, implementing an annual review of interview protocols to ensure alignment with the strategic plan and profile of a graduate, and continued conversations with teachers following employment interviews.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Leonard, Abigailabigailjleonard8@gmail.comajl1100000-0002-4300-2589
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTananis,
Committee MemberDiller,
Committee MemberMaureen,
Date: 25 September 2019
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 July 2019
Approval Date: 25 September 2019
Submission Date: 28 August 2019
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 87
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: disposition, employment interview, evaluation, hiring, teacher, rural
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 15:19
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 15:19


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