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ERIC Number: ED468009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct-27
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of the Rural Context upon the Career Patterns of Female Administrators.
Wallin, Dawn C.
A study examined the impact of the rural context upon the career patterns of women educational administrators in rural public school divisions in Saskatchewan, Canada. Surveys were completed by 107 female administrators who served rural schools in Saskatchewan, and 24 female administrators were interviewed. Findings indicate that women administrators in depressed communities tended to be younger than in booming and stable communities. Female representation in educational administration was strongest at the school level. The attractions for female administrators were higher but the opportunities were lower in booming communities than in stable or depressed communities. Female administrators from booming communities did not feel the pressure to live in the community as highly as female administrators in depressed and stable communities. The attitude that "it has always been done this way" affected school accomplishments more in depressed and stable communities than in booming communities. Women in booming communities faced more career barriers than women in stable or depressed communities, but for the majority of respondents, gender was no longer perceived as a significant barrier to administration. The majority of women administrators in rural Saskatchewan were finding success. Regularities in the career patterns of rural female administrators were related to the nature of the communities of which they were a part. The personal views of female administrators matched the perceived views of their particular community. Implications for theory, practice, and research are discussed. Six appendices present demographics, survey results, and maps. (Contains 26 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada