ERIC Number: ED376601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Is a Woman's Place Only in the Classroom?
Kleine, Patricia A.
A large discrepancy exits between the number of women obtaining certificates in educational administration and the number of women actually employed as school administrators. This paper presents findings of a study that examined career choices made by women with credentials in educational administration and their motives for those choices. Questionnaires were mailed to 480 women nationwide with principalship certification. The respondents were divided into four subgroups: (1) current principals; (2) former principals; (3) those women seeking to become employed as principals; and (4) those who never sought the position. The women's personality characteristics were compared using selected scales from the California Psychological Inventory. Findings indicate that women have actively chosen to seek--or not to seek--principalships, rather than reacting solely to structural barriers. Although the women in each group were aware of such obstacles, they did not perceive the barriers as insurmountable. They encouraged an action-oriented, self-initiated approach to seeking leadership positions in educational administration. Most of the women reported that they filled several roles at once and led careers characterized by upward movement through several positions. One figure is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Sarasota, FL, February 1994).