ERIC Number: ED384104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
The Preparation of Today's Educational Leaders: Inclusivity of Women.
Brown, Genevieve; Irby, Beverly J.
If the challenges of the 21st century are to be met successfully, education must transform its orientation from one of exclusion to inclusion. To assist in the transformation of systems, to address specific barriers to inclusion, and to offer exemplary models in educational leadership, the Texas Council of Women School Executives sponsored a pilot course called "Women in Educational Leadership." The course combined the expertise of university and public school personnel for establishing formal and informal networks. Course components addressed communication skills, projection of professionalism, definitions and controversies of leadership, force-field analysis of obstacles, and maintenance of psychological and physical health in participatory formats. Participants designed professional portfolios, wrote and updated resumes, planned for improvement of professional images, practiced interview scenarios encompassing "difficult" questions, read current professional literature on women's issues, and engaged in research on women. Pre- and post-questionnaires indicate that participants felt the course addressed their issues of concern and aided in their personal transformation. Specifically, the students reported that they developed better networking systems, learned to balance their personal and professional lives, and learned from role models. It is recommended that administrator-education programs offer similar courses or integrate such experiences into existing coursework which could benefit both women and men. Contains 10 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995). For a related document, see EA 026 786.