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ERIC Number: EJ896707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1741-1432
South African Female Principals' Career Paths: Understanding the Gender Gap in Secondary School Management
Moorosi, Pontso
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v38 n5 p547-562 Sep 2010
This article reports on data from a larger scale study exploring female principals' experiences of their career route to the principalship of secondary schools in South Africa. To understand these experiences, the study used an analytical framework that identifies three phases principals go through on their career route, namely: anticipation, acquisition and performance. The framework suggests that women experience more obstacles than men on their career route and their experiences are influenced by personal, organizational and social factors. These factors manifest in social practices within and outside schools and affect women across the three phases of the career route. Central to these experiences, is the underlying male norm of who is more appropriate for secondary school principalship. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa