ERIC Number: ED332371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Joining the Old Boys Club? Women's Careers As School Principals in British Columbia, Canada, 1980 to 1990.
Tabin, Yvonne; Coleman, Peter
The experiences of recent women appointees to educational administration are compared to those of earlier female appointees. Indepth personal interviews were conducted with 17 female elementary school principals in British Columbia (Canada), 9 of whom were appointed after September 1987 and 8 of whom were appointed prior to September 1982. Results were categorized according to developmental experiences, career development, administrative beliefs and practices, and assessment of the experience. Findings indicate that recent appointees received greater male support, experienced less explicit sex discrimination and harassment, and possessed greater career initiatives and a more diverse range of teaching and administrative experience. Former appointees tended to accept their marginal status, but recently hired principals have embraced and accentuated the feminine character of leadership, articulating distinctive values to reshape the context and work of educational administration. Although both groups had to work harder than their male counterparts, they reported high levels of career satisfaction and expressed few regrets. (30 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).