Voices of Women Aspiring to the Superintendency

Voices of Women Aspiring to the Superintendency

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The superintendency offers the most powerful and prestigious positions in K-12 public school systems. Few superintendents of these systems in the United States are women, although the majority of teachers are women and many women have leadership positions in schools. There are also increasing numbers of women in administrative preparation programs at institutions of higher education. This study of 27 highly qualified women in top-level administrative positions in public education was designed to find out what it is like to be a woman aspiring to the executive leadership position. Research questions included: Why are there so few women superintendents when so many are qualified? What are the routes to the superintendency? What is the context of educational administration in the public school? What kinds of leaders are women who aspire to the superintendency? The research was also informed by a femininst advocacy of social change to discover how and under what conditions a more equitable distribution of superintendencies is likely to occur. A feminist poststructural framework provided the theoretical basis for the analysis of the data.
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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 161.04 x 234.19 x 19.05mm | 336g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791429393
  • 9780791429396

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The superintendency offers the most powerful and prestigious positions in K-12 public school systems. Few superintendents of these systems in the United States are women, although the majority of teachers are women and many women have leadership positions in schools. There are also increasing numbers of women in administrative preparation programs at institutions of higher education. This study of 27 highly qualified women in top-level administrative positions in public education was designed to find out what it is like to be a woman aspiring to the executive leadership position. Research questions included: Why are there so few women superintendents when so many are qualified? What are the routes to the superintendency? What is the context of educational administration in the public school? What kinds of leaders are women who aspire to the superintendency? The research was also informed by a feminist advocacy of social change to discover how and under what conditions a more equitable distribution of superintendencies is likely to occur. A feminist poststructural framework provided the theoretical basis for the analysis of the data.
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"I especially like the topic of the research in this book--the many, diverse voices of female aspirants to the superintendency and the organization of Grogan's analysis of their discourses. She probes these discourses which support and resist the prevailing, male-dominated superintendency very well. Her feminist, poststructural analysis is very good." -- Cheryl T. Desmond, Millersville University
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About Margaret Grogan

Margaret Grogan is Dean of the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She is coauthor (with Mary E. Gardiner and Ernestine Enomoto) of Coloring outside the Lines: Mentoring Women into School Leadership and coeditor (with Daniel L. Duke, Pamela D. Tucker, and Walter F. Heinecke) of Educational Leadership in an Age of Accountability: The Virginia Experience, both also published by SUNY Press.
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