ERIC Number: ED350707
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Women in Educational Administration--A Disappearing Construct.
Schmidt, Linda J.
Literature that examines reasons for the underrepresentation of women in educational administration is reviewed in this paper. Some explanations include the circular phenomenon, in which the lack of female role models contributes to fewer women applicants, discrimination, an increase in the number of males entering the teaching field, and social norms for gender roles. Women's management styles tend to be more interactive and motivated by intrinsic rewards, and men tend to use controlling behaviors. The literature substantiates the idea that women possess the skills needed for effective administrative leadership, yet continue to be underrepresented in administrative positions. Inequalities can be addressed by providing mentoring opportunities, encouraging university collaboration, and changing society's misconceptions. (Contains 11 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Women in Administration (6th, Lincoln, NE, September 1992).