ERIC Number: ED408695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Using Gender Knowledge To Prepare for Secondary School Leadership as a Principal.
Alley, Reene A.; MacDonald, Suzanne
Research shows that women in education, particularly those in leadership positions, tend to disregard career planning. This paper describes the outcomes of a career-development planning process, that provided female students with a framework and process to help them construct a personal leadership theory. A total of 42 female students participated in a secondary principalship course between 1990 and 1995. Twenty-six of the students remain in the program. The students developed an "Educational Leadership Platform" that defined leadership, recognized personal and organizational barriers, and identified strategies to deal with those barriers. Students examined leadership behaviors, power relationships, and organizational roles, and selected those that fit and those that could be strategically adapted. The process of developing a new view of "self" as principal helped to build a bridge from teacher to principal and set in motion changes in career expectations. A profile of one of the students is included. Two tables and three figures are included. (Contains 24 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).