ERIC Number: ED201069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
"If They Can, I Can:" Questionning the Stereotype of the Non-Aspiring Woman in Administration.
Edson, Sakre K.
A common assumption is that women do not aspire to become public school administrators, but a two-part study in Oregon on women who have actively pursued careers in public school administration contradicts this supposition. The data were collected from questionnaire responses and in-depth interviews. The typical female aspirant in Oregon possesses both a certificate for administration and a principal's endorsement, has served numerous years as a teacher, and has had some administrative experience. However, 71 percent of the respondents have faced significant barriers in pursuit of their goals, most notably lack of experience and discrimination. They believe they have not been given the opportunity to gain the necessary experience because women are not considered appropriate candidates for administrative jobs. Yet the women in the study have continued to seek positions as principals because they have confidence in their abilities and they know that administration is what they want. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).