ERIC Number: ED368041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Integrating New Theory and Practice To Prepare Women for Roles in Educational Administration.
Schmitt, Donna M.
There continues to be a great need for highly qualified and committed women to enter leadership positions in education. However, most research that is the basis for coursework in typical educational administration preparation programs has involved primarily male role incumbents in male-dominated organizations. Consequently, the characteristics equated with leadership in this research are masculine. In 1979, the Eastern Michigan University Educational Leadership program introduced a seminar entitled "Women in Leadership" (WIL) to examine how training programs for prospective educational leaders dealt with female leadership behavior. The course was extremely successful and appeared to address needs not previously met. A survey of graduates of WIL was done to determine which of the course objectives were most beneficial for women course participants. All students who took the seminar from fall 1979 through fall 1990, a total of 246 people, were surveyed. Demographic characteristics such as age and years of professional experience were determined. Students found the learning outcomes of the seminar to be positive and beneficial. Students also found the objectives dealing with leadership and personal development to be more beneficial than gender objectives. However, objectives dealing with gender issues were more beneficial than those dealing with network issues. A questionnaire is included. (Contains 27 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern Michigan University
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 1994).