ERIC Number: ED401612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Women Superintendents: New Role Models in Leadership for Change.
Morie, Elizabeth D.; Wilson, Bonny B.
Women outnumber men in school-administration graduate programs and in the teaching ranks of American public schools; however, women continue to be underrepresented in the superintendency. This paper presents findings of a study that identified the personal and professional characteristics of Virginia's first women superintendents. Data were derived from interviews with an unspecified number of female superintendents. Findings show that the women began their careers as teachers, did not originally seek the superintendency, and stayed in the classroom longer than their male counterparts. Women spent more time obtaining a variety of educational experiences than most of their male colleagues. They followed self-determined routes to the superintendency rather than a hierarchical career path. They utilized the following strategies: (1) Set clear and specific career goals; (2) use a variety of strategies to overcome perceived internal and external barriers to advancement; (3) use mentors effectively; and (4) consult one's own attitudes and ideas about the superintendency. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia