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ERIC Number: EJ848699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
The Role of Gender in Educational Administration: A Study of Turkish Secondary School Principals
Can, Niyazi
International Journal of Educational Reform, v13 n3 p267-279 Sum 2004
This study examines candidate principals' perceptions and comments about female and male principals. Although the women are traditionally the majority among teachers, it is seen that they are in minority in management. According to the candidate principals who work in Turkish secondary schools, the gender factor is not important and there is no problem in hiring either a female or male principal. The important thing is to have the necessary administrative skills for these positions. These are mainly being sensitive, being objective, being fair, and sharing thoughts with those one supervises. The results show that female and male participants want the same qualities from a principal regardless of the principal's gender. Participants want principals to be good listeners, good communicators, and problem solvers. Other qualities are: (1) being a good speaker; (2) being a good manager; (3) having the knowledge of instruction and curriculum; (4) sharing the power and the prestige; and (5) being an innovator, producer, coordinator, facilitator, and mentor. The author therefore concludes that these were the most desirable qualities for a principal to possess, regardless of the principal's gender.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey