ERIC Number: ED448136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-27
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A Three-State Study of Female Superintendents.
Sharp, William L.; Malone, Bobby G.; Walter, James K.; Supley, Michael L.
This study investigated female school superintendents' perceptions about forms of discrimination they faced; help they received from professional organizations, university programs, or informal networks; the superintendency as a male field; the effect of superintendency on family life; and barriers to the superintendency for women. Surveys indicated that half of the respondents had been assistant or associate superintendents, and the rest had been K-12 principals. Most respondents felt that male and female board members were equally supportive. Respondents did not feel restricted in the size of school districts within which they could work. About 62 percent said that their professional organizations provided workshops for aspiring superintendents. Respondents tended to believe that the superintendency was not a man's territory. Most did not feel that power meant dominance for men and collaboration for women. About three-quarters did not feel restricted by their family situations in applying for superintendent jobs. Half believed that women with families put them before their careers. Barriers to superintendency included lack of: professional networks, encouragement, formal and informal training, membership in the good old boys' network, and influential sponsors. Most respondents said they would seek the superintendency again. (Contains 25 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Texas