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Selecting teachers and prospective teachers: a meta-analysis

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JournalEducational Research Review
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Dec 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 26 Dec 2018
DatePublished (current) - Feb 2019
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)32-51
Early online date26/12/18
Original languageEnglish


The purpose of this review article was to examine the methods used for the selection of teachers for employment and prospective teachers entering initial teacher education (ITE) programs, and to assess the predictive validity of these methods. We reviewed 32 studies reporting selection methods administered in high-stakes conditions and that included an external (not self-reported) teacher effectiveness outcome measure. The overall effect size was small but significant (r = 0.12, p <.001). Moderator analyses showed that academic and non-academic predictors were both significantly associated with teacher effectiveness measures and that effect sizes were small (but significant) for selection into employment and ITE. We conclude the review by proposing a research agenda that has the potential to enhance educational outcomes by improving the selection of prospective teachers.

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© 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

    Research areas

  • Initial teacher education, Personality, Recruitment, Teacher characteristics, Teacher selection

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