ERIC Number: ED368072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Gender and Administrative Decision-Making.
Mertz, Norma T.; McNeely, Sonja R.
A study examined the impact of gender on administrative decision making. Do males and females make different decisions? The study tested 56 practicing and aspiring administrators in a graduate program. Of these, 36 were women and 20 were men. The study presented the participants with 15 scenarios often encountered by school administrators. The study participants were given a choice of options to use as solutions to the situations, as well as the option of writing in their own solution. Additionally, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was used in the study to produce a four-letter profile of the study participants. The study revealed a clear difference between the decision-making process of aspiring and practicing administrators. Aspiring administrators very rarely wrote in their own solutions, whereas practicing administrators often wrote in additional solutions, usually qualifying one of the options listed. The practicing administrator's decisions reveal a pattern, while the aspiring administrator's decisions tend to be more random. Differences in decisions do not appear related to gender. The dispositions of the administrators identified by the Myers-Briggs Type have considerable impact on decisions. (Contains 21 references.) (KDP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (22nd, New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).