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ERIC Number: ED403225
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 22
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Teachers' Perceptions of Women in the Principalship: A Current Perspective.
Hudson, Johnetta; Rea, Dorothy
This paper reports findings from a survey that examined teachers' attitudes toward women principals. The survey was distributed to 1,047 public school teachers within the Kansas City (Missouri) metropolitan area; 479 surveys were returned. Data were analyzed by gender, school location, grade level, and years of experience. Participants were asked to describe the qualities of a successful male principal and a successful female principal. They were also asked whether they believed that male and female leaders are perceived as having authority because of their gender, and by whom they would prefer to be supervised. The survey responses identified leadership characteristics desirable in a principal: good communications skills; knowledge of curriculum and instruction; personableness; good management skills; ability to solve problems; and willingness to seek input. The study also strengthened the contention that characteristics traditionally attributed to women are desirable in all school administrators, leaving unanswered the question of why women are underrepresented as educational leaders and suggesting the need for a followup study of hiring practices at the school board and central office level. (MAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri (Kansas City)