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ERIC Number: ED362941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug-26
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Female Superintendents: Attributes That Attract and Barriers That Discourage Their Successful Applications.
Sharratt, Gene; Derrington, Mary Lynne
This paper presents findings of a study that identified school-district attributes that attract and hinder women who apply for a superintendent position. Data were derived from a survey that was sent to approximately 200 female subscribers to the Washington Association of School Administrators professional job listing service. The response rate is not specified. Respondents identified five district attributes that were most likely to attract female candidates to the superintendency: (1) a good match between district needs and individual skills and abilities; (2) a stable, visionary, and proactive board; (3) the ability to implement new programs; (4) a stable financial outlook for the district; and (5) favorable potential for district success. They viewed the following as presenting significant barriers to securing the superintendency--sex role stereotyping, sex discrimination in recruitment and selection, few appropriate female role models, and a lack of sponsorship or mentorship. A conclusion is that educational leaders must work to remove barriers and promote those district attributes that encourage women applicants to the superintendency. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Washington