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ERIC Number: EJ1177926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-6569
Do Candidates' Gender and Professional Experience Influence Superintendent Selection Decisions?
Jarrett, Patrick; Tran, Henry; Buckman, David G.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v15 n1 p7-21 Spr 2018
With superintendents being overwhelmingly White, male, career educators, investigations into what factors contribute to the homogeneous composition of the position are warranted. This study examined whether superintendent candidates' and school board chairpersons' gender and candidates' professional background impact resume screening decisions. Chairpersons were selected randomly from across the United States to receive one of six types of hypothetical superintendent candidates' resumes and respond to a survey requiring subjects to rate their likelihood of recommending the candidate for an interview. Variables examined were candidates' gender, professional experience, and gender-similarity with the chairperson. An ordinal logistic regression was used to identify differences between groups. Results do not support the existence of gender-related bias by chairpersons but did find a preference for traditional candidates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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