ERIC Number: ED360753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Women in School Administration: Overcoming the Barriers to Advancement.
WEEA Digest, n2 Aug 1990
This digest examines three prominent theories that attempt to explain why women are underrepresented in educational administration and develops a three-dimensional matrix as an empowerment perspective. Each of the theories--resocialization, structural barriers, and male dominance--is based on deficiencies in the woman, the system, or the society. This deficiency perspective is used to identify several factors critical to women's advancement: the degree of compatibility between career orientation and the demands of the position; structural barriers; and organizational fit. A three-dimensional matrix is developed, which requires that a successful administrative aspirant determine three things: (1) which theory or theories apply to that situation; (2) how the critical factors are configured for her with regard to that situation; and (3) which combinations of approaches and actions will work best for her. A conclusion is that societal restructuring and class action are essential, but it is equally important that women know the variables that are within their control. A second article describes publications of model programs funded by the Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA) Program that help women advance or move into school administration. (LMI)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.