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ERIC Number: ED369628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Establishing Partnerships among Women Executives in Rural School Districts.
Irby, Beverly J.; Brown, Genevieve
Career attitudes, fears, and misconceptions were examined among 44 participants in a course designed to promote educational leadership skills among female administrators. About half of the participants surveyed worked at rural sites. Questions were related to barriers women face in attaining administrative jobs, suggestions for overcoming barriers, fears that women face related to becoming an administrator, plans for overcoming fears, networking, and mentoring. Results of questionnaires were analyzed in the context of existing literature on women in leadership roles. Almost all respondents indicated negative attitudes toward their own abilities and a lack of confidence that they could do the job successfully. Eighty percent of the women indicated misconceptions concerning career advancement techniques. Comments reflected a lack of awareness of career patterns of successful women and a narrow focus on obtaining more credentials, serving on more committees, and working harder to advance in their careers. All of the respondents viewed networking as critical to career advancement, and 66 percent indicated that they were members of a networking group. However, when asked to describe their specific networking group, 93 percent described groups and experiences that are not typical of networking related to career advancement. The survey establishes the need for developing a training course to promote effective educational leadership skills among women administrators. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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