ERIC Number: ED204867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Women Educators in the State of Washington: Status, Qualifications and Aspirations for Educational Leadership.
Rudd, Frances G.; Cottrell, Milford C.
Women could serve very effectively as line administrators in education if obstacles to their advancement were removed. Researchers in Washington State sent questionnaires to women interested in and qualified for administrative positions, to other women educators, and to public school administrators. Responses showed that while over 65 percent of the qualified and interested women had long-term goals in administration and 80 percent held advanced degrees, less than 20 percent of the other women educators had such goals. The most important administrative qualifications identified by respondents involved human relations, a skill area in which women are traditionally and by experience strong, while the least important qualifications involved technical skills. Factors most frequently used to identify women for professional advancement were recommendation by others, leadership in their departments and districts, performance as teachers, and educational history and status. The researchers recommend that women seek to meet qualifications, broaden their experiences, pursue advanced education, and make their aspirations known; that school boards and leading educators identify and encourage women with leadership potential; that districts adopt assertive recruitment and hiring policies; and that schools of education train women for leadership careers. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Opinion 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).