ERIC Number: ED284333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Aspiration Levels of Certified Aspiring and Incumbent Female and Male Public School Administrators.
Pavan, Barbara Nelson
To determine if women or men have lower aspiration levels for school administrative positions, male and female administrative certificate holders were asked for their ultimate career goal. The most frequent response was superintendent (36 percent), followed by elementary principal, out of education, and professor (12 percent for each choice). The next anticipated job was out of education (21 percent), superintendent (17 percent), elementary principal (15 percent), secondary principal (13 percent), and assistant superintendent (12 percent). The ultimate goal would be sought in 4.9 years with the next job move in 2.7 years. The choice of ultimate career goal is influenced by aspirant-incumbent position, possession of a doctorate, age of children, and gender. Gender differences, however, disappear for all but those holding the superintendent certificate, when the analysis is by gender and certificate held. In addition to the variables mentioned thus far, age and marital status also influence choice of the next anticipated position. Implications of the study for assisting women to gain administrative positions are suggested for state departments, universities, school boards, and professional organizations. Two reference pages and appendices of data conclude the report. (Author/CJH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Career Choice, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Employed Women, Higher Education, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Predictor Variables, Professional Development, Professors, Public Schools, Sex Differences, Sex Role, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).