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ERIC Number: EJ874674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Women School Superintendents: Perceptions of Best Practices for Leadership
Katz, Susan J.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v2 n3 p155-180 Jul 2004
In U.S. public schools, a limited number of women have attained the position of superintendent. Consequently, there has been limited research focusing on understanding the position from a woman's perspective. The purpose of this study was to add to the body of literature focusing on women's ideas and beliefs about leading schools. A survey that measured perceived leadership practices and demographics was sent to women public school superintendents practicing in four Midwestern states during the academic year, 2000-2001. In addition to the survey, face-to-face interviews were conducted with nine respondents. The study's framework was based on a model of leadership developed by Kouzes and Posner (1995) and incorporated into The Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) they developed. The research questions sought the degree of difference in how the women superintendents perceived their leadership practices based on age, years of administrative experience, and size and structure of their districts. Data analysis revealed differences in perceived leadership practices according to size of school district. The results also revealed that women had ways to talk about how they have succeeded in their roles as superintendents. Women in this study viewed relational leadership as a key component of their leadership style. Findings indicated that the women superintendents believed good hiring practices and specific qualities of a leader were essential elements of effective leadership. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Leadership Practices Inventory