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ERIC Number: EJ1004728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1363-2434
Gender Debate and Teachers' Constructions of Masculinity Vs. Femininity of School Principals: The Case of Muslim Teachers in Israel
Arar, Khalid; Oplatka, Izhar
School Leadership & Management, v33 n1 p97-112 2013
This article reports the findings of a study that sought to identify Muslim teachers' constructions of "masculinity" and "femininity" of the school principal. The first purpose of the study was to trace Muslim teachers' perceptions of masculine and feminine features of school principals, and the second was to explore their constructions of the desired principal-teachers relationship. Based on a qualitative investigation, this study found that male and female teachers hold cultural gender conceptualisations of the school principalship, which in turn influence the way they see power relations, leadership style and career development. Interestingly their preference for the ideal principal is not based on gender but rather on leadership qualities. Both female and male teachers prefer "the strong principal" who maintains moral behaviour, discipline and control in schools, yet is sensitive and collaborative. Likewise, male and female constructed ideas and favoured leadership features, values and behaviours are influenced by teachers' education and proximity to modern values. The practical implications of the study are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel