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ERIC Number: ED309547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Women Administrators' Views on Sex Equity: Exploring Issues of Information, Identity, and Integration.
Schmuck, Patricia A.; Schubert, Jane
Today there are more female administrators than a mere 15 years ago, yet these women who have risen up through the ranks to a position traditionally dominated by men tend not to advocate equity in their schools. Nineteen female principals from Arizona, California, and Oregon were interviewed using the critical incident technique. Results show that while the women principals tended to be more concerned with instructional leadership, classroom teaching, and intensive interaction with the faculty than their male counterparts, only modest passive gestures were made toward initiating equity programs or activities within their schools. Although female principals face unique problems of identity and integration, they fail to translate their own experiences into action to ensure greater equity; instead, they take a personalized view of their experiences. Preservice programs fail to educate prospective administrators on the theory that schools themselves perpetuate gender/race inequality. Thus, women administrators have not been trained to be sensitive observers of inequality in school organizations. It cannot be presumed that simply because a woman is in a place of administration in the school, issues of equity will be addressed. A lack of understanding of the concept of gender leads a female administrator to insensitivity and inattention to equity in school ideology and practice. (33 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A