ERIC Number: ED469221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Crossing Borders: An Analysis of the Characteristics and Attributes of Female Public School Principals.
Holtkamp, Leslie A.
Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, v10 n1 Win 2002
Leadership has been the central focus of research in the field of educational administration. Most studies have been based on the experiences of white males. It is important for women to be able to identify and evaluate their own personal characteristics. This study was conducted to increase awareness of the characteristics and attributes of female public school principals. Its purpose was to identify the characteristics and attributes of female public school principals; develop a greater understanding of female principals' characteristics, attributes, and attitudes; and demonstrate that personal characteristics are similar across cultural and ethnic boundaries. Nine female principals were interviewed and the resulting data analyzed qualitatively. Five significant characteristics were identified: drive to achieve, use of spiritual values, involvement in professional organizations, involvement as a community leader, and valuing personal relationships. Despite different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, years of experience, and age differences, all these women faced the same challenges and share a common set of values and a similar belief system. It is hoped that this study will provide insight to aspiring female principals and to superintendents when hiring prospective female principals. An appendix contains an interview outline modified and used for this study. (Contains 22 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Behavior, Administrator Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Occupational Information, Principals, Public Schools, Women Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
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