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McDowell, Dale

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Higher Education




This study focused on the personal interview. The aim of this study was to analyze the purposes end techniques used by school administrators in interviews for teacher recruitment in selected Northern Illinois schools. Recruitment has been a problem since the inception of the public school system. The need for high teacher standards and mediocre salaries have hindered this process. The interaction of supply and demand has dictated approaches to recruiting. Twentieth century supply and demand have been Influenced by military efforts, causing its cyclical nature. The crucial phase of recruitment is the interview when all previous indirect communications ere subordinated as the two participants most in person. There are four hypotheses in this study: (1) There are many different approaches to the interview, (2) the interview often is poorly planned, (3) there is little agreement as to the Ideal applicant, (4) and subjectivity is an inherent danger in an interview situation. Much of the literature relating to recruitment furnished a background for the study. Supply and demand was treated at length, and then recruitment was introduced. The dominant theme was recruitment as a continuum. Attitudes, agencies, and practices which effect recruitment were reviewed. Every aspect, from positive teacher attitude rough organizations such as Future Teachers to teacher placement bureaus, was considered. Questionnaires were Bent to selected administrators in Northern Illinois. Those sampled had administrative experience, and headed schools with a pupil enrollment of 575-1250. Seventy-two of one-hundred questionnaires were returned and used in the study. The questionnaire attempted to determine the reasoning used by an administrator in preparing and conducting the interview. Various objective methods were used, principally the yes-no question. Results of the questionnaire were placed in tabular form. Like topics were grouped under four main headings: characteristics of schools sampled, screening techniques, interview practices, and personality traits.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [46]-47)


ix, 47 pages




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