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ERIC Number: EJ1097535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Women's Journey to the School Superintendency
Connell, Peggy H.; Cobia, F. Jane; Hodge, Pat H.
Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership, v2 p37-63 Sep 2015
Eighty percent of public school teachers are females, but only 24% of school superintendents are females. This upward trend from a low of 1.3% in the early 1970s has not mirrored the increase of females in executive level positions in other professions. A mixed-methods design identified the barriers that contribute to the under-representation and lack of growth of female superintendents. Participants in the study included active and retired female superintendents from a single Southern state. The quantitative phase consisted of a 29-item Likert-scale survey with 26 respondents. Qualitative follow-up included a three-part interview series design with four successful current and former female superintendents. The results have implications for institutions of higher education and professional organizations.
Descriptors: Women Administrators, Likert Scales, Qualitative Research, Administrator Attitudes, Superintendents, Professional Associations, Interviews, Disproportionate Representation, Faculty Mobility, Family Work Relationship, Career Development, Barriers, Mentors, Networks, Gender Differences, Faculty Recruitment, Mixed Methods Research, Surveys
Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Administration. P.O. Box 8368, Dothan, AL 36304. Tel: 334-983-6556 ext. 1-350; Fax: 334-556-1053; Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/aapelorg/home
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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