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An Analysis of Teacher Selection Tools in Pennsylvania

Vitale, Tracy L (2009) An Analysis of Teacher Selection Tools in Pennsylvania. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to examine teacher screening and selection tools currently being utilized by public school districts in Pennsylvania and to compare these tools to the research on qualities of effective teachers. The researcher developed four research questions that guided her study. The Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators (PASPA) granted the researcher permission to survey their members. PASPA's Executive Director sent an e-mail describing the study and invited his members to participate in the electronic survey. The e-mail asked members to click on a link that took them to a 10-15 minute survey about teacher selection tools. Fifty-five members completed the survey, with a total response rate of 32 percent. Quantitative data were analyzed using, percentages, means and standard deviations. Qualitative analysis was used to interpret data obtained from open-ended questions.The results of the study indicated that approximately 71% of reporting Pennsylvania public schools were utilizing some type of electronic on-line warehousing database for which to search and screen potential teacher candidates. However, a low number of reporting school districts were not using any type of commercial product for screening or interviewing candidates. Further, 93% of reporting school districts were using locally created interview questions. Finally, participants indicated that the top three factors considered when hiring a teacher were the candidate's: knowledge of teaching and learning, content knowledge, and knowledge of good classroom practices. There were insufficient data to determine if the commercial or locally created teacher selection tools were linked to the qualities of effective teachers.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Vitale, Tracy
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickel, WIlliam Ebickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Committee MemberKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.eduMMKERR
Committee MemberMiller,
Committee MemberHughes, Seanshughes@pitt.eduSHUGHES
Date: 15 December 2009
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 20 November 2009
Approval Date: 15 December 2009
Submission Date: 20 November 2009
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
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: educational human resources; electronic employment technologies; teacher hiring; teacher interviewing; tools for interviewing teachers
Other ID:, etd-11202009-123554
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:05
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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