ERIC Number: EJ852560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Why Leadership-Skilled Women Teachers Are Saying "No" to the Principal's Role: A Matter of Individual Choice or Institutional Constraint?
Brown, Kathleen M.; Wynn, Susan
Journal of School Leadership, v14 n6 p686-712 Nov 2004
According to recent data, the pool of principal candidates is shrinking. How is the role perceived and what can school districts do to make it more attractive in recruiting and retaining highly qualified administrators? This open-ended, qualitative study sought to uncover the underlying reasons leadership-skilled women teachers choose to remain in the classroom rather than seek administrative positions. Analysis of the data revealed a complex mix of individual choice and institutional constraint. The participants' strong sense of personal teaching efficacy, commitment to family, and satisfaction derived from nurturing (and mentoring) their colleagues combined with their negative perception of the principalship contributed to their reasons for saying "no" to the principal's role.
Descriptors: Females, Principals, Instructional Leadership, Women Administrators, Women Faculty, Administrator Role, School Districts, Faculty Recruitment, Qualitative Research, Career Choice, Teacher Effectiveness, Job Satisfaction, Negative Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Family Work Relationship, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina