ERIC Number: ED220984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Climbing the Career Ladder: A Research Study of Women in School Administration.
Jones, Effie H.; Montenegro, Xenia P.
The career training offered to women in school administration by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 1977 decreased the influence of external barriers on the participants' upward career mobility. Along with 31 non-trainees who served as a comparison group, all 75 AASA trainees responded in 1981 to a questionnaire collecting data on the effectiveness of the training program. Statistical regression methods were used to determine the effects on their careers of factors in women's backgrounds, perceived internal and external barriers to career mobility, strategies used for career enhancement, and the characteristics of the districts where positions were sought. Among the findings were that the clarity of expression and types of job experiences revealed in women's resumes were strongly related to career growth; women who both rate highly on the basis of letters of reference and encounter fewer internal barriers tend to obtain superintendent positions; and lack of geographical mobility, failure to apply for more jobs, and uncertainty about life goals tend to hold women back. This report analyzes relationships among the variables in tabular form and includes the questionnaire and the job application evaluation procedure used in the study. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Selection, Administrators, Career Development, Females, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Predictor Variables, Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Questionnaires, Regression (Statistics), Success, Tables (Data), Women Faculty
Publications, American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 021-00860; $10.00, plus $1.50 shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Minorities and Women's Programs.
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA. Office of Minority Affairs.