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Choosing and judging teachers : what Heads and student teachers think matters.

Newton, D. P. and Newton, L. D. (2001) 'Choosing and judging teachers : what Heads and student teachers think matters.', Research in education., 66 (November). pp. 54-64.


Head teachers and student teachers have conceptions of what matters when selecting and judging the effectiveness of a new teacher. This study reports the results of surveys of sixty-six primary school head teachers' and eighty-one postgraduate student teachers' ratings of various criteria for selecting and judging new teachers. The data are consistent with those of similar surveys in the United States and there is a fairly high level of agreement between what the head teachers and the student teachers judged to be important. Nevertheless mismatches in conceptions of what matters can exist. Further, communication skills may benefit from explicit attention and treatment as a coherent whole in teacher training.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Initial teacher training, Communication skills, Teacher selection, Teacher effectiveness, Probationary year.
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Date deposited:07 July 2008
Date of first online publication:November 2001
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