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ERIC Number: ED428437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Women Superintendents: Do Numbers Make a Difference?
McCabe, Donna Hagen; Jamison, Margaret Godwin; Dobberteen, Kathie Ward
This paper explores perceptual differences found in a study of California superintendents and U.S. superintendents. Data were collected from 273 U.S. and 103 California superintendents using "The Survey of Influences on Female Superintendents' Careers." The instrument collected demographic data, career-path data, ratings of strengths and weaknesses in training, ratings of satisfaction and efficacy, perceptions of constraints on superintendents' careers, and written statements about how superintendents overcame these constraints. This report focuses on the demographic data and perceptions of constraints on superintendent's careers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze demographic data and ratings by U.S. and California participants of the perception of constraints on their careers. Results revealed similarities in the demographic data and the rankings of constraints, such as the existence of constraints, the nature or the strength of those constraints, and the importance of the concepts on which the statements of constraints were based. However, significant differences were found in 11 of 35 constraints. Based on the findings, it was concluded that California superintendents may be becoming a large enough group to influence change on constraints concerning the role of superintendent, gender expectations of women in that role, and expectations of women executives in organizations. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California