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ERIC Number: EJ1174446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Women's Satisfaction in the Superintendency: A Mixed Methods Study
Bollinger, Alisha A.; Grady, Marilyn L.
Leadership and Research in Education, v4 spec iss p46-69 2017-2018
The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of female superintendents as they relate to job satisfaction and retention. State department of education websites were consulted to obtain the number of women superintendents by state for 2015. From the list, 3,364 women superintendents were identified. The women represent 25% of U.S. superintendents. Women superintendents of five states with percentages of women superintendents below the national average were selected for inclusion in the study. An explanatory sequential mixed methods approach was used that included a survey sent to all 215 PK-12 women public school superintendents in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, and Iowa. Based on the survey findings, the women superintendents reported high levels of job satisfaction. Based on the survey results, 20 women superintendents, who reported high levels of job satisfaction, were selected to participate in semi-structured interviews. Both the quantitative and qualitative results indicated high levels of satisfaction by the women. Women consistently described the position as being rewarding. Women identified aspects of the position that contributed to their satisfaction: being strategic and creating a vision; instructional leadership; building relationships; developing others; and the variety of tasks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota; Nebraska; Kansas; Missouri; Iowa
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