ERIC Number: ED437733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Voices of Women at Entry Level Positions of Educational Administration.
Hackney, Catherine Eggleston
Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, v1 n3 Sum 1998
This paper examines the effects of organizational culture on women's professional lives. It focuses on women in entry-level positions in educational administration and explores the interaction of organizational attitudes and expectations with the participants' personalities, epistemological positions, work needs, performance self-esteem, and sense of self-empowerment. The 24 participants for the study were selected from 135 women enrolled in the educational-administration leadership-preparation programs at a large, Southeastern university. Each woman was given a semi-structured ethnographic interview through which the events, beliefs, attitudes, and policies that had shaped and were shaping her professional life were explored. Guiding questions included "Are the organization's beliefs, attitudes, and role expectations in conflict or in congruence with these women's personalities, epistemological positions, and work needs?" and "Do these women feel a sense of power over their own careers or do they feel that others in the organization control what will happen to them professionally?" The results show that the nature of the organization can influence the relationship between the individual's psychosocial needs, her performance self-esteem, and the sociocultural context of the organization. The congruence between the individual's needs and the goals of the organization promotes not only psychological well-being, but greater attainment of organizational goals. (Contains 23 references.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Entry Workers, Females, Instructional Leadership, Organizational Climate, Sex Bias, Women Administrators
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