ERIC Number: ED411599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Differences in the Perceived Employment Characteristics of Men and Women and Employer/Organizational Policies toward Men and Women.
Shepard, I. Sue
During the last 20 years, the number of women enrolled in educational-administration graduate programs increased; however, the number of men employed in positions of educational administration continue to outnumber women. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the attitudes of school board presidents and district superintendents toward women in educational leadership. Data were gathered through administration of the Science Research Associates (SRA) Opinion Survey to 256 superintendents and 256 school board presidents across the country, for a combined response rate of approximately 25 percent. The same instrument had been mailed to a total of 200 board presidents and superintendents in 1978. The 1996 respondents were more accepting than the 1978 respondents of women administrators, but continued to perceive differences between women's and men's characteristics. Organizational policies also affected the employment of women leaders. Finally, superintendents were more accepting of female educational leaders than were school board presidents. Contains 8 tables. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference (11th, Lincoln, NE, October 13, 1997).