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The ties that bind: Choices, decisions, and dilemmas of women in the superintendency


2001 2001

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Abstract (summary)

Despite the fact that women are qualified and possess the necessary credentials to assume the superintendency, the field continues to be dominated by men. However, there are female candidates who are poised to make the leap from the assistant superintendency to the superintendency as the number of superintendents begin to retire over the next five years. Their attitudes, beliefs, and decisions to accept or reject the position offer insights into the lack of women in the superintendency.

In this study, 27 female assistant superintendents, deputy superintendents, and superintendents representing two counties in Long Island, New York, participated in semi-structured interviews or focus groups. Data revealed that women experienced specific dilemmas concerning time, marriage, children, family, self-efficacy, aspirations, and politics in the superintendency. These issues contributed to the women's decisions to remain as assistant or deputy superintendents. Current superintendents were able to reconcile many of these issues prior to assuming the superintendency.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Womens studies
Classification
0514: School administration
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Choices; Decisions; Dilemmas; Superintendency; Women administrators
Title
The ties that bind: Choices, decisions, and dilemmas of women in the superintendency
Author
Begley, Lydia M.
Number of pages
273
Publication year
2001
Degree date
2001
School code
0086
Source
DAI-A 62/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
049315972X, 9780493159720
Advisor
Shakeshaft, Charol
University/institution
Hofstra University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3006664
ProQuest document ID
304694327
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304694327
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