ERIC Number: ED412656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
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Exploring the Boundaries of Gender and Role in Administrative Decision-Making.
Mertz, Norma T.; McNeely, Sonja R.
A study of 95 high school principals and assistant principals (59 males and 36 females) in three large urban school districts examined the influence of gender and role on administrative decision-making. Subjects were asked to make decisions (choose from among four possible responses) about how they would respond to five different (gender-related) situations commonly encountered in secondary schools. Scenarios ranged from situations involving handling school policy infractions and scheduling changes to choosing representatives and tackling inappropriate teacher behavior. Respondents were also asked to choose among word pairs representing differing gender-loaded preferences, such as "efficiency/harmony." As a whole, results do not find gender a salient factor in high school principals' approach to decision making. The responses of female and male administrators were more alike than different--in both scenarios and word choices. In the two process-oriented scenarios, females were likely to operate more democratically, but the same percentage of males and females chose an autocratic response to the choice-of-representative scenario. The overall pattern of similar, if not identical, results suggests that role influences administrative decision making more than gender. Racial factors are also discussed. Contains 36 references and a sample questionnaire. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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