Improving the effectiveness of teacher-selection interviews: Headteachers' perspectives

Ismail, Abdul (2012) Improving the effectiveness of teacher-selection interviews: Headteachers' perspectives. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3659275807

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Interviews are required component of teacher-selection process within the educational arena in London schools (DCSF, 2009). Research concentrating on teacher-selection interviews includes psychological effects during face-to-face interviewing (Delli & Vera, 2004) and postemployment outcomes (Young & Delli, 2002). Noticeably, omitted from the interviewing literature in educational arena are interview structure of teacher-selection interview; how interviews are measured; and how interview results are combined with other sources of selection information. To begin filling these gaps, the purpose of this study is to review current literature related to teacher-selection interviews; gather data from headteachers of London schools; and present findings.
Taking an interpretative approach, this study has been designed to gather qualitative data through semi-structured interviews, document analysis for research questions 1, 3 and 4 and quantitative data with the help of a self-completion questionnaire for the research question 2. Interviews have been conducted with seven headteachers and transcribed verbatim and 32 self-completion questionnaires were received out of 50.
This study has found that headteachers use structured interviews for teacher employment with some variations in some components such as teaching a lesson or making a presentation as a part of interview process. It also found that the interviews are assessed using rating scales and a panel of at least three members including headteachers discuss and come to consensus to finalise most suitable candidates. Additionally, it was discovered that information from different source of teacher-selection methods is combined with interview performance to make an informed decision. Finally, headteachers could improve teacher selection-interviews with the introduction of technology into interviewing, involving parents and students and making teaching a class as a formal component of the interviewing process.

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Subjects: Education
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Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2024 14:27
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