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ERIC Number: EJ846893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
School Principalship in Turkey: Women's View
Celikten, Mustafa
International Journal of Educational Reform, v14 n4 p376-391 Fall 2005
Women have long been well represented in the teaching position, yet, traditionally, there has been an inverse relationship between the number of women qualified to serve in administrative positions in the school and the rate at which women actually fill these positions (Kuh & McCarty, 1989). Although many professional fields are showing increasing numbers of women in managerial and executive positions, the same cannot be said for public education. Women are not moving rapidly up the career ladder into administration of public schools. Inequalities in opportunity have resulted in too few women being hired for administrative positions at the local and national levels, even though women have always held the majority of teaching positions. The current data suggest that in Turkey males are more likely than women to be principals of schools. To present views of school principals from women's perspectives, three woman principals were interviewed. Questions were asked of each, using developed interview questions following case study research methods, to gain an insight into their opinions and experiences about being school principals. In brief, the norms of Turkish society determine that only males make good leaders; access is therefore denied for women seeking to become principals. As one woman principal commented, "Society has done a good job of teaching women to compete against one another in subtle ways; hidden and unhealthy competition among women spawns jealousy and envy" (Gabler 1987, p. 65).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey