An investigation of the relationships among targeted selection results, supervisors' assessments and self-assessments in the selection of school administrators


The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed among the individual's Targeted Selection scores on a given set of dimensions, the individual's scores on those same dimensions as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor and the scores that the individual assigned him/herself on those same dimensions. Targeted Selection is a competency-based interviewing process. Study questions included whether gender, length of teaching experience, level of educational training or level of teaching experience had an effect on the three methods. Subjects consisted of qualified candidates who sought acceptance in the Seminole County, Florida School Board's Principal/Assistant Principal Pool during Fall 1987 through Winter 1989. All candidates had a minimum of three years of teaching experience, Florida certification in Administration or Professional School Principal and written recommendation from their immediate supervisor. The same instrument was used to collect data from the supervisor, candidates and the Targeted Selection interviewers. A scale from 1 to 5 was used to rate the dimensions. Dimensions examined were leadership, control and monitor, planning and organizing, stress tolerance, adaptability and judgment. The analyses consisted of descriptive non-parametric statistics. Boxplots, Spearman Rank correlations, Wilcoxon Rank Sum Test results, Kruskal-Wallis-H test results and chi-square values were obtained. The following conclusions were drawn: (1) Relationships among Targeted Selection results, supervisors' assessments and candidates' selfassessments did not contain correlations strong enough to make definitive statements about the relationships; (2) There was no demonstrated effect of gender or length of teaching experience on any dimension using the Targeted Selection process, the supervisors' assessments or .the candidates' self-assessments; (3) There was a demonstrated effect by level of education on the Targeted Selection scores in the areas of leadership, control and monitor and stress tolerance. There was a demonstrated effect by the level of education on the supervisors' ratings in the area of leadership, control and monitor, planning and organizing, adaptability and judgment; and (4) There was a demonstrated effect between level of teaching experience in the area of stress tolerance as rated by the candidates' self-assessments.


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Rothberg, Robert A.


Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


College of Education


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185 p.



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