ERIC Number: ED427098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
On Being a Woman Urban High School Principal.
A qualitative study was conducted to explore how women urban high school principals experienced their entry into administration and their subsequent professional lives. Based on a review of the literature over the past three decades, this study also explored the influence, if any, gender and marital status have had on the lives of two women urban high school principals. Given the lack of representation of female high school principals, it is important that the experiences of women be investigated to portray leadership roles for women more accurately. Data were collected through interviews, observations, shadowing, journals, and informal conversations and discussions with informants. The intention is to lead to a more grounded administrative theory including the experiences of women as well as men. Results indicate that gender and marital status are significant issues in the entrance to professional life and in the subsequent lives of women administrators. Analyses in the study indicate that substantial changes are necessary in the societal roles expected of women before women will be able to make gains in significant numbers into the high school principalship. Five appendixes contain a consent form, the interview guide, an experience matrix, and time- and case-ordered experience matrices. (Contains 3 figures and 101 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.