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This paper examines the ways in which intent, persistence, mobility, aspirations, and attitudes influence the number of women in educational administration. To explore these issues, two surveys were conducted. The first survey was distributed to students taking classes at either the specialist or master's degree level at a state university. A second survey was conducted of alumni who had received a degree in educational administration from the same school. The results indicate that the percentage of women (54 percent) enrolled in graduate-level programs was greater than the percentage of men. Overall, levels of aspiration, mobility, and persistence continued to affect the number of women in various levels of educational administration. Although all those surveyed listed the objective to obtain certification with the intent to enter educational administration as their most important goal, other, gender-specific reasons were influential. For the men in the master's program, obtaining certification with the intent of going into administration and moving across the salary scale were first and second in importance, whereas the women ranked convenient location and moving across the salary scale as their top two influences. As regards aspiration, 55 percent of the men, compared to 25 percent of the women, indicated that the superintendency was their ultimate career goal. (Contains 12 references.) (RJM)

Descriptors: Administrator Education, Educational Administration, Educational Environment, Females, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Professional Isolation, Sex Differences, Women Administrators











Author: Shepard, I. Sue

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9390&id=ED440461



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