ERIC Number: ED392158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Educators and Visionaries: Women Educational Leaders in Action.
Gill, Barbara A.
Over the past two decades women have demanded greater access to positions in educational administration. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the experiences of women teachers seeking administrative positions in New Brunswick, Canada. Specifically, the paper explored the women's views about leadership and the ways in which they tried to carry out their responsibilities. Data were gathered through interviews with 29 women educators, 19 of whom were in administrative positions. Respondents stressed the importance of teaching, teamwork and collaboration, communication, and the empowerment of others. A review of literature on gendered leadership styles is presented. A conclusion is that although much of the literature suggests that women and men lead differently, it is important to avoid stereotyping. Rather, the educational community must: (1) value the variety of leadership skills; (2) educate school boards and the public as to what constitutes effective leadership; and (3) incorporate women's leadership skills into practice and administrative programs. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Brunswick
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of Atlantic Educators (St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, October 1995).