ERIC Number: ED390150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct-15
Women in Leadership: Enacting a New Curriculum in Educational Administration.
Schmitt, Donna M.
Women continue to be underemployed in leadership positions in educational settings, both in K-12 and in higher education. Early attempts to include women in leadership have proposed that women shape their behaviors to conform with male-oriented management models. This paper describes the success of a seminar called Women in Leadership, which was introduced into the educational leadership program at Eastern Michigan University in 1979. In response to demand, the course has been offered for the last 16 years. The seminar focuses on applying leadership strategies and developing leadership skills. Course content emphasizes the sociological and psychological concepts of women's development and gender-socialization processes. Leadership theory and its historical development are also examined. Over 200 women who had completed the course between 1979 and 1990 responded to a questionnaire. The majority of participants identified leadership and personal-development issues as the most beneficial components of the course. Women over 31 years old valued the personal-development objectives more strongly than did women in other age groups. Respondents said that the following four areas were moderately to extremely beneficial to women in leadership roles--coping, internal presentation, external presentation, and assertiveness. In summary, the course was successful because the content was personally meaningful to participants. A copy of the questionnaire is included. (Contains 32 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Gender Issues in Higher Education (4th, Burlington, VT, October 15, 1995).