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ERIC Number: EJ874687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1541-6224
Career Paths and the Superintendency: Women Speak Out
Seyfried, Nancy Hergenrother; Diamantes, Thomas
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v3 n1 p53-66 Jan 2005
The purpose for conducting this study was to explore, with credentialed and qualified women educators, career paths in educational administration. The research was qualitative. Data were collected through focus groups and mailed surveys. Six persons attended two focus groups that lasted approximately 90 minutes each. The interaction of the members of the focus groups and the focus of inquiry allowed for the maximum exploration in the amount of time available. Seven persons unable to attend focus groups were surveyed by mail; five responded resulting in 11 participants in the study. The 11 women professionals were employed in different school districts. Only one had been a superintendent. Three themes emerged from the responses of the participants: (1) pervasive and persistent gender stereotypes; (2) family conflicts; and (3) lack of networking opportunities. The women in this study seemed united in their need to pursue a position in educational administration. They indicated the need for change and expressed strong feelings about that need.
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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 - Location: New York; Pennsylvania; Texas