ERIC Number: EJ874753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Their Work, Identity, and Entry to the Profession
Washington, Youlanda C.; Miller, Stephen K.; Fiene, Jeanne R.
Journal of Women in Educational Leadership, v5 n4 p263-283 Oct 2007
This qualitative multi-site case study examines Kentucky's female superintendents: their professional work, identity, and entry to the role. Data sources were extensive interviews from twelve districts--superintendents, central office administrators, and school board members, plus questionnaires and district documents. Results revealed a web-like organizational structure with collegial, caring empowerment from the center. A child-centered vision of increasing achievement for all students guided their instructional leadership. Generalizability regarding feminine leadership theory is extended to Kentucky, a rural traditional state with comprehensive reform and high-stakes accountability. The feminine style of these superintendents parallels studies of effective district-level instructional leadership.
Descriptors: Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Identification (Psychology), Boards of Education, Women Administrators, Instructional Leadership, Superintendents, Central Office Administrators, Administrator Responsibility, Interviews, Questionnaires, Collegiality, Empowerment, Generalization, Feminism, Females, Theories, Rural Areas, Educational Change, High Stakes Tests, Accountability, Leadership Styles, Work Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky