Beth Sullivan

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Dorsch, Nina G.

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Teaching and Learning


Community Unit School District 202 (DuPage County; Ill.); Teachers--Selection and appointment--Illinois--DuPage County--Case studies; Teachers--Illinois--DuPage County--Attitudes; School administrators--Illinois--DuPage County--Attitudes; Parents--Illinois--DuPage County--Attitudes


This qualitative dissertation investigated an interviewing technique or protocol that assists schools in procuring the best teachers. The study was designed to explore the perceptions of teachers, administrators, and parents in the use of the Hiring Program used in Community Unit School District 2. Teachers and administrators shared their experiences with the protocol through an in-depth interview process. Analysis of the data revealed the following common themes: (1) establishing rapport and a positive comfortable climate is important in an interview situation; (2) the ability of a teacher candidate to demonstrate that he/she can make connections in order to build and foster relationships with students, parents, and colleagues is what indicates that he/she can be a quality teacher; (3) administrators believe there is a three- to five-year period of time required to “create” an effective teacher. The beginning three years are the learning years, and by the fourth and fifth years, beginning teachers are exhibiting more of the veteran teacher profile; (4) teachers and administrators acknowledge the significant legal aspect of the utilization of the Hiring Program; and (5) manipulation of the instrument and the application of the questions can be problematic over time with the Hiring Program protocol. This study suggests the importance of a coordinated hiring protocol, in this case, the Hiring Program, as a means to attract and acquire quality teachers. With the use of hiring protocols such as the Hiring Program, schools can attempt to find teachers with those qualities that assist children in learning. Utilizing an interviewing technique or protocol that assists in procuring the best teachers is simply one way that may help children meet and/or exceed the No Child Left Behind standards necessary in the modern educational arena.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [102]-107).


viii, 117 pages




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