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ERIC Number: ED396442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-10
Pages: 45
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The Promising Intersection of Power and Ethics: The Superintendency As Transformed by Euro-American Women.
Brunner, C. Cryss
This paper asks: Which of the alternative views that women bring to the position of superintendent have the potential to change the nature of the position itself? The paper examines the classical "feminine" definition of power in light of its potential to support an ethical practice not often attributed to superintendents of schools, namely, an "ethic of care" (Beck 1994; Noddings 1984). Drawing on a literature review and an ethnographic study of 13 women superintendents, the paper concludes that, although not obvious, traditional gender roles in the United States have predisposed women superintendents toward a use of power that relies on caring relationships between and among people. Specifically, the study confirmed that a social-production model of power--the "power with" model--is used by a number of women because they are uncomfortable with a social-control or "power over" model. The feminine use of power can transform the leadership practices of individuals of either gender who accept the challenge of the superintendency. The sample was developed by asking a national panel of experts to identify women superintendents known for their collaborative styles and good working relations. Interviews were conducted with 13 superintendents and with their colleagues. A total of 69 interviews were conducted. (Contains 118 references.) (Author/LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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