ERIC Number: ED429371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Where Are the School Leaders for the New Millennium? A Study of Reasons Cited by Incumbent Administrators Who Have Decided Not To Apply for Another Administrative Position.
Boehlert, Lenora; O'Connell, Raymond W.
This paper examines why experienced administrators are electing not to join educational-administration applicant pools. Research reports that more teachers than ever are pursuing administrative courses and more individuals than ever are administratively certified. However, greater numbers of vacancies for jobs in educational administration exist or will exist than in the past. Additionally, the job has so many rigorous constraints that few people aspire to the position. This report focuses on whether there are gender differences related to the reasons administrators do not pursue other positions, and, if so, it explores the reasons men and women identify for these differences. The study entailed a 15-item survey to collect data from a sample of public-school administrators from New York State. The survey included questions about the respondents' age, gender, and length of time as certified administrators, as well as type and size of districts in which the respondents were employed. The remaining questions sought to determine if the respondents had ever decided against applying for an administrative position and to elicit information about the reasons for their decisions. Findings show that some of the reasons qualified administrators did not apply were lack of experience, relocation, inadequate compensation, district problems, stress, and time demands. Contains 26 references. (RJM)
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 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).