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ERIC Number: ED170869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
School Administration Careers.
Covel, Janice
This study investigating school administrator career patterns focused on entry, promotion, and position permanency as it affects both men and women and examines factors affecting the careers of women in an attempt to explain the relative absence of women in hierarchical educational administrative positions. Data were collected from historical records, biographical sketches, and interviews with administrators and citizens in the Riverside Unified School District (California). Findings confirmed the importance of several theoretical concepts found in the literature. The processes of sponsorship, differential recruitment, sex power differential, and double deviancy emerged as influential components for career development. The study revealed three career possibilities. The first is to be plateau administrators who do not want to rise from low-level positions. The second is to be vertical aspirants who are upwardly mobile. The third is to become place holders who are blocked in their ascendancy. It was concluded that women faced more barriers to advancement to administrative positions than did men. Suggestions for means of overcoming these barriers include good formal preparation, sponsorship, knowledge and use of informal organizational networks, and steady employment patterns. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Riverside Unified School District CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)