ERIC Number: EJ792860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Reference Count: 25
A Three-State Study of Female Superintendents
Sharp, William L.; Malone, Bobby G.; Walter, James K.; Supley, Michael L.
Educational Research Quarterly, v27 n3 p22-37 Mar 2004
The most powerful position in public schools is that of school superintendent, and it is a position dominated by men. Several factors account for the decline of women in superintendency. Perhaps the most important reason there are so few women in the superintendency is that women enter the teaching profession to teach children. Based on the literature, a questionnaire was prepared and sent to all female superintendents in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Texas. Results reveal that female superintendents did not seem to indicate discrimination by their male board members or in the type or size of school district they would consider for superintendent positions. It is also found that some of the barriers to the superintendency for women include: lack of encouragement, lack of professional network, limited access to formal and informal training, exclusion from the "Good Old Boy Network," and lack of influential sponsors.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Females, Women Administrators, Superintendents, Public Schools, Educational Administration, Models, Gender Discrimination, Gender Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback (Response), Questionnaires
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://www.gram.edu/education/erq/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Texas