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ERIC Number: ED172440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Women in Educational Administration: Is There a Basic Role Conflict?
Truett, Carol
The lack of women in top administrative positions in education has often been dismissed as attributable to role conflict. The available research literature is examined to determine if there is evidence of role conflict, and, if present, if role conflict prevents women from functioning adequately as educational administrators. Three possible types of role conflict that may result when individual needs clash with normative standards and/or institutional expectations are personality conflict, role-personality conflict, and role-role conflict. Personality conflict is defined as occurring when aspects of an individual's personality are in conflict with other aspects of that same individual's personality. Role-personality conflict is the belief that women simply do not possess the personality traits necessary to perform the role expected of any administrator including that of any educational administrator. Role-role conflict for women is based on the assumption that women simply cannot handle two or more roles simultaneously. Styles of coping with role conflict are identified as role redefinition, personal reorientation to roles, and reactive role behavior. Role conflicts for women administrators do indeed exist; however, we can hardly conclude that this renders women less efficient or effective if they choose to make educational administration their major role in life. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Women and Work (Bloomington, Indiana, March 18-21, 1979)