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ERIC Number: ED547351
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 124
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4299-4
Female Superintendents in California and the Role That Mentoring and Networking Have Played in Their Success
Dudek, Vicky
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
This study examined the role that mentoring, formal networking, and informal networking have played in the lives of women who have obtained the position of superintendent in the state of California. The researcher explored the access that female administrators had to mentors and networks, followed by the perceived benefits they received when they obtained mentors and when they participated in either formal networks through professional organizations, or informal networks with like-minded professionals. The study used a mixed-method approach that collected quantitative data through a 22-question survey sent to female superintendents throughout the entire state of California. Qualitative data was collected by interviewing four female superintendents selected from the emergent survey data. Altogether, the quantitative and qualitative data was triangulated with the literature on female superintendents, and mentoring and networking practices. Key findings in this study related to mentors include (1) the majority of female superintendents in California have had both male and female mentors in their lives that they deemed as extremely important early in their superintendent career or when trying to obtain the position, (2) women tend to seek more friendship and psychosocial support from their mentors so it is therefore important for them to find somebody similar to themselves to take on that role, and (3) ethnic minority women reported less benefits from their mentor relationships and had a more difficult time in securing a person to mentor them. Key findings related to networking include (1) women believe they benefitted more from interaction with other professionals at formal networking meetings than the professional development benefits they obtained, (2) ethnic minority women's comfort level in network settings may prevent them from benefitting from the experience, and (3) women that purposefully calendar and establish informal networking groups with like-minded professionals reported a very high level of benefit and believe it is a function of their job as opposed to a distraction. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California