ERIC Number: ED106162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Women on School Boards. Report of Research Conducted for the National School Boards Association Commission on the Role of Women in Educational Governance.
National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.
This first major national examination of the numbers, roles, and characteristics of women on school boards found that 1) women, comprising scarcely 12% of school board positions, are grossly underrepresented in school service; 2) the talents and abilities of female school board members are comparable to, and sometimes superior to, those of male school board members; and 3) attitude is the single most important impediment to women seeking school board office. A questionnaire was mailed to approximately 750 male and 750 female school board members to obtain data on the number of women on their school boards. A comparison between male and female school board members was made on their personal characteristics--age, years of formal education, occupation, marital status, spouse occupation, number of children in public schools, homeownership, years of residence in school district, and prior leadership experience--and their characteristics of school board service--the decision to seek office, selection as a candidate, method of board selection, years of service, time devoted to office, board offices held, major rewards of board service, and special difficulties of board service. Attitude as an impediment to women serving on school boards was determined by checking handicaps in seeking office, effects of sex upon candidacy, and differences between male and female board members. Appendices include study information and questionnaires. (ND)
Descriptors: Board Candidates, Boards of Education, Discriminant Analysis, Educational Research, Questionnaires, Research Design, Research Methodology, Sex (Characteristics), Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination, Social Bias, Surveys, Trustees, Womens Studies
National School Boards Association, 800 State National Bank Plaze, Evanston, Ill. 60201 ($2.50, discounts on quantity orders, shipping and handling added to billed orders)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.