Title page for ETD etd-04302004-094426

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Robinson, Carol Cressa
Author's Email Address carolc.robinson@fcps.edu
URN etd-04302004-094426
Title Women in High School Principalships: A Comparison of Four Case Studies from a Virginia Public School District from 1970 - 2000
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Parson, Stephen R. Committee Chair
Cline, Marvin Gerald Committee Member
Krill, Cecelia W. Committee Member
Parks, David J. Committee Member
Spillman, Karen C. Committee Member
  • education leadership
  • change
  • women
  • principal
Date of Defense 2004-04-16
Availability unrestricted
Four case studies were developed of women who were promoted to high school principalships in a public school district in Virginia, 1970 – 2000. Using qualitative research methods, data were obtained through interviews, school system documents, and written media. The software package Ethnograph was used to code and analyze interview data. Three themes resulted from cross-case analysis: school district policies, school district culture, and women’s career aspirations. Grounded in data from coding and analysis, a theory evolved that changes that occurred over time opened leadership opportunities for these four women, changes that emerged from society’s pressure to the institution of education, then the individual. Further research is needed to corroborate this theory of change that impacted women’s careers in education administration.

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