ERIC Number: ED396445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Moving the Focus to Children: Four Female Superintendents Look at Their First Three Years.
Pavan, Barbara Nelson; And Others
A review of literature indicates that relations between entry-level, female superintendents and school boards have been problematic. This paper presents findings of a study that identified the major issues faced by four female entry-level superintendents, how they handled these situations, and the strategies they used during their first year as superintendents. Data were obtained through two group interviews--the first at the end of the superintendents' first year on the job and the second after 30 months. After nearly 3 years in the superintendency, the women's conversation revolved around the following prominent issues: the importance of providing information and training to the board; finding a balance between work and personal life; job seeking advice; maintaining open communications and interactive leadership styles; and handling gender differences (for example, not asking for or knowing about "perks" that their male counterparts routinely request and receive). (Contains 40 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Beginning Superintendents
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).