ERIC Number: ED208501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Notes on the Differences in the Behavior of Women Superintendents in Suburban Districts.
Pitner, Nancy J.
To determine whether the work activities of a school superintendent are different when the superintendent is a woman rather than a man, three women superintendents were observed for a week each during the fall of 1979. This study was then compared with a 1977 study of three male superintendents conducted by the author. While the characteristics of the work of female and male superintendents are identical, some differences were noted in the deeper structures and nuances of their everyday lives. There were differences in the way females and males handled routine paperwork and in the way they used observation tours in the schools. The verbal contacts of female superintendents differed from those of males in that they interacted more frequently with their professional peers and almost exclusively with their female counterparts. Females were more often involved in teaching classes at local universities and in sponsoring women teachers for leadership positions; spent more of their unscheduled time working on curriculum and instruction matters and less on politics and maintaining connections; normally ate lunch alone at their desks rather than in restaurants; and were more infomal in style and language than the males. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).