ERIC Number: ED381315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Career Paths, Career Aspirations, Networking, and Mentoring among Special Education Administrators.
Irby, Beverly J.; And Others
This paper examines the perceptions and experiences of rural special education administrators with regard to career advancement. A 31-item questionnaire was developed that focused on administrator attitudes and experiences regarding networking, mentoring, career paths, and career aspirations. The survey was completed by 15 special education administrators from small or rural school districts in east Texas. Among survey respondents, 73 percent were female, 47 percent had held a special education administrative position for over 10 years, and 73 percent had taught for over 10 years before becoming an administrator. Results suggest that career advancement among these rural administrators is not a major priority. Respondents did not view networking as important in career advancement, but rather as a vehicle for information and support within the profession. Nor did respondents perceive mentoring as a career enhancement tool. Mentors were reported to be information providers or supporters only. Additionally, respondents did not admit to having had a career plan leading to their administrative position, and they did not aspire to other administrative positions. This paper lists respondents' ideal qualities in a mentor and suggestions for further research in this area. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Networking; Texas (East)
Note: In: Reaching to the Future: Boldly Facing Challenges in Rural Communities. Conference Proceedings of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) (Las Vegas, Nevada, March 15-18, 1995); see RC 020 016.