ERIC Number: ED244375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gender Bias in Superintendent Selection: A Projective Analysis.
Coggins, Catherine; And Others
Against the background of research indicating that women are underrepresented in educational administration, this study examines the question of gender bias in the selection of superintendents. Choosing for their sample population 15 school districts from central Oklahoma, the researchers sent simulated resumes for 3 male and 3 female candidates with virtually the same qualifications to 43 school board members (approximately 3 per district). Results of a 1-way analysis of variance of the 37 Summary Ranking forms returned do not confirm the hypothesis that gender makes a significant difference in school board members' selection of superintendents; issues related to gender were raised by only 1 board member. The lack of evidence of gender bias in the study's findings--especially in light of the findings of previous research and the documented underrepresentation of women in educational administration and administrative positions generally--suggests the need for a reexamination of the investigation's methodology, theoretical basis, and assumptions and the need also for studies derived from real rather than ideal scenarios. Copies of the six resumes and the Summary Ranking form are appended. (JBM)
Descriptors: Administrator Evaluation, Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Analysis of Variance, Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Competitive Selection, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Evaluation Criteria, Females, Hypothesis Testing, Interviews, Research Methodology, School Administration, School Districts, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Simulation, Superintendents, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oklahoma (Central); Resumes
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).