ERIC Number: ED345352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Access and Entry to the Public School Superintendency in the State of Washington: A Comparison between Men and Women.
Radich, Paula A.
Findings of a study that examined access and entry patterns of men and women superintendents to the public school superintendency in Washington State are presented in this paper. Factors that account for the increased number of women superintendents in Washington, as compared to the small number nationwide, are identified. Methodology involved: (1) completion of a background data questionnaire by a matched sample of 14 superintendents (7 men and 7 women) and 23 board members; (2) administration of the Attitude Research Instrument to school board members; (3) indepth interviews with superintendents and school board members; and (4) document analysis. Findings indicate that no significant difference existed between the attitudes held by school board members in districts headed by men and in those headed by women, and that no difference existed in the attitudes of male and female board members toward women administrators. Sponsorship, mobility, and a proper district/candidate match were strong predictors of success. Predictions are that the number of women superintendents in Washington will continue to increase (although males will continue to dominate), especially in small, rural districts. Seven suggestions for replication of the study are offered. (39 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).