ERIC Number: ED460423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Recognition and Legitimization of Female Superintendents as a Diverse Group Whose Husbands Have a Direct Impact on Job Performance, Acceptance and Retention.
Hensley, Phyllis A.
The purpose of this research was to develop a profile of female superintendents, gather information on the experiences and concerns of superintendents and their husbands, and provide data which may assist females aspiring to the superintendency and females in their first superintendency. group. To remedy this gap in knowledge, a profile of female superintendents is offered. Through the use of a structured questionnaire and an indepth, taped interview, information was gathered on the experiences and concerns of superintendents and their husbands. The study attempted to answer one question: what impact does the husband of the superintendent have on her job acceptance, performance, and retention? Subjects (N=21) were selected from the population of female superintendents in a large northeastern metropolitan region in New York. Major findings indicate that significant gains in the number of females occupying the position of superintendent were made between 1989 and 1992 and between 1992 and 1995. Husbands encouraged their wives to apply for and accept their first superintendency, and the husbands' careers were not interrupted. The women were not confronted with insurmountable obstacles related to child care and family responsibilities, although the time on the job emerged as the greatest tradeoff husbands had to make. Even so, the husbands tolerated the demands and adjusted, and the superintendents viewed their husbands, many of whom had equal or better levels of educations and positions than they did, as supportive. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 1998).