Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Barriers women face while seeking and serving in the position of superintendent in California public schools
by Kawaguchi, Catherine, Ed.D., University of Southern California, 2014, 101; 3680858
Abstract (Summary)

Women continue to be greatly underrepresented in the school superintendency. Today, only 24.1% of superintendent positions are held by women—a slight increase from 13.2% in 2000 (Kowalski, McCord, Petersen, Young, & Ellerson, 2010). This study explored the barriers that women in California face when seeking and serving in the capacity of superintendent. Studying the barriers that women have encountered when aspiring to the superintendent position may better prepare other women for the top leadership position in public schools.

The research questions used to guide the study were: What barriers do women encounter while seeking and serving in the position of superintendent? How do women utilize support systems while aspiring to and serving in the position of superintendent? How do women perceive support systems' ability to enable women to overcome barriers? And, how do women use social networks while serving in the position of superintendent?

The methodology for this study was a mixed-method design. There were quantitative and qualitative data collected and analyzed. Surveys were sent to 26 female superintendents in California public school districts. From the surveys returned, purposeful sampling was used to select five female superintendents from Southern California public schools for one-on-one interviews.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Castruita, Rudy, Garcia, Pedro
Commitee: Roach, John
School: University of Southern California
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Womens studies, School administration
Keywords: Barriers, California, Superintendent, Women administrators
Publication Number: 3680858
ISBN: 978-1-321-53240-1
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