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ERIC Number: EJ1098305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Gender Differences in Resilience of Academic Deans
Isaacs, Albert J.
Journal of Research in Education, v24 n1 p112-119 Spr-Sum 2014
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the difference in the levels of resilience characteristics between male and female deans within a state university system. Resilience is the ability to operate in a changing environment while consistently maintaining one's effectiveness. This quantitative study utilized the survey, Personal Resilience Questionnaire (PRQ). Responses were received from 35 deans, 16 males and 19 females, and the results showed that the average means scores suggested that female deans had a higher level of resilience. The Mann-Whitney U-test showed that only one of the resilience characteristics--Proactive (0.046)--was significant at the 0.05 level. Numerous studies have shown that females tend to face more difficulties within the workplace (e.g. Trentham & Larwood, 2004; Reskin, 1993). Presumably the accumulation of these challenges has enhanced resilience for women. The identification of resilience levels within academic administration can assist university leaders to operating effectively during times of change.
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Deans, Resilience (Psychology), State Universities, Statistical Analysis, Questionnaires, Administrator Attitudes, Women Administrators, Work Environment, College Administration, Educational Change, Nonparametric Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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