Principals want to hire the most qualified teacher when positions are open at their schools. Oftentimes a preservice teacher, who recently earned their teaching certificate is their first choice. The purpose of this research was to look at the satisfaction level of elementary, middle-level, and high school principals who hired graduates from a local teacher preparation program at a nationally accredited 4-year baccalaureate-granting university in Leeward O‘ahu. The methodology utilized in the study includes four individual face-to-face interviews. Questions were asked to determine 1) desired qualities principals look for when hiring a new teacher and 2) what a local teacher preparation program does well to prepare future teachers to have a positive impact on student learning. The findings suggest that principals were highly satisfied with local graduates because they demonstrate life-long learning, leadership skills, technology skills, connect with diverse student populations, and are part of the community. In this study, the local teacher preparation program is meeting the expectations of principals. Nevertheless, further investigations into this research are important to understand more about the rationale principals use to hire new teachers.
James, Laurie; Mahaiko, Joy; and Schwartz, Jonathan
"Why Principals Hire Recent Graduates from a Teacher Preparation Program,"
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action: Vol. 7:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol7/iss1/4
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