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Title:The Association Between Advanced Degrees in Educational Administration and the Career Paths of the Male and Female Graduates From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign From 1985-1990
Author(s):Cunanan, Esmeralda Sagmit
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Merchant, Betty
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Administration
Education, Higher
Abstract:This study was designed to gather and compare descriptive information on the men and women who obtained their graduate degrees (Ed.M., Advanced Certificate, doctorate: Ph.D./Ed.D.) in educational administration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 1985-1990. The study also sought to determine the association between advanced degrees in educational administration and the careers of these graduates.
A questionnaire was prepared requesting information on selected personal characteristics, educational credentials, professional experiences and career paths of the educational administration graduates before and after obtaining their advanced degrees. Of the 210 graduates who were surveyed, 170 returned usable questionnaires, representing an 83% return rate. The data were analyzed using frequencies, percentages and chi-squares at a.05 level of significance.
Results of the study revealed that: (a) the typical educational administration graduate is a white male from a small town or suburb, married with 2 children and an average salary of $50,000 or more; (b)~the proportion of men who actually held public school administrative line positions of superintendent, assistant/associate superintendent, and principal during 1991--1992 was higher than that of women (41\% vs. 23\%) while a higher percentage of women than men held public school staff positions of assistant principal, dean, program director, and supervisor (39\% vs. 28\%); (c)~with regard to information on career patterns and the association of the advanced degree in educational administration and subsequent placement, the typical educational administration graduate is a white male whose route to administration takes him from classroom teaching to an administrative line position or from classroom teaching to an administrative staff position and then to a line position in a district different from where he began.
Findings on the 1985-1990 male and female educational administration graduates correspond to the national picture of male dominated leadership in education. In spite of the growing body of literature on women administrators that supports the image of the competent, successful, career-minded female administrator, the question remains: How long will this valuable human resource talent--women--remain underrepresented in higher level administrative positions?
Issue Date:1993
Description:185 p.
Thesis (Ed.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9329006
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1993

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