ERIC Number: ED147024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Early Predictors of Leadership in Women Educators: Personality and Career Over Two Decades.
Rosen, Jacqueline L.; And Others
This study was designed to determine whether the divergent career directions of a sample of woman educators might have been predicted from personality-related data taken from autobiographical essays written when these educators applied for teacher training 20 years ago. Data were analyzed for 77 educators who entered the same graduate teacher-training institution and who began their careers as classroom teachers. Forty of these women are currently teaching children and 37 work with adults in a wide range of leadership roles within the field of childhood education. Follow-up data were collected from 46 members of the original sample (20 teachers and 26 leaders) to determine whether the groups differ in their current views of themselves and their careers. Aspects of the autobiographical data examined were: (1) characterizations of the childhood self as self-directing versus reliant on others and (2) characterizations of the self-as-young adult as confident, career-oriented versus unsure, self-oriented. Other variables examined included the number and type of major life crises, birth order, attitudes toward parents, identification with role models, academic standing in school, reasons for becoming a teacher, and preferred mode of communication. The results were interpreted as showing that the differences between the teachers and the leaders were consistent with the personality-related differences revealed in their autobiographies of 20 years ago. Results are discussed in detail and conclusions and implications are presented. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mary Flagler Cary Trust, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY. Div. of Research.
Note: Filmed from best available copy; For related document, see ED 115 604