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Publication date: 28 September 2010

Whitney H. Sherman, Danna M. Beaty, Karen S. Crum and April Peters

As women professors of educational leadership who are involved with feminist research and the preparation of k‐12 women leaders, the authors came to the realization that…

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Purpose

As women professors of educational leadership who are involved with feminist research and the preparation of k‐12 women leaders, the authors came to the realization that while they have dedicated their professional lives to advancing women leaders in the k‐12 environment, they have neglected women like themselves, particularly young women, in the academy.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors utilized biographical narrative inquiry to allow readers a window into their lives as young women faculty in departments of educational leadership and extended this to advocate for changes in university climates for women.

Findings

The authors analyzed their narrative data to develop strategies for young women faculty in educational leadership that include: action‐oriented mentoring; the valuing of home and person; living within gender, age, and skin; and celebration of youth and womanhood.

Originality/value

This paper is an emergent approach to understanding and facilitating social justice and diversity in higher education based on four young women professors' attempt to find a creative and feminist outlet for the expression of their experiences in the academy. Little to no research exists outside of informal personal reports on young women's experiences in the academy and, thus, is the impetus for the paper.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Article
Publication date: 28 September 2010

Whitney H. Sherman

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

Article
Publication date: 2 February 2010

Karen S. Crum, Whitney H. Sherman and Steve Myran

This study is one in a series which aims to examine the theories of actions developed and internalized by school principals that help them serve as successful leaders in…

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Purpose

This study is one in a series which aims to examine the theories of actions developed and internalized by school principals that help them serve as successful leaders in the tumultuous accountability climate. The dearth of recent empirical research focusing on best practices of successful school principals in a post‐NCLB nation sets the tone for and drives the study.

Design/methodology/approach

An inductive exploratory study was designed to provide insight into how successful elementary school principals facilitate high levels of student achievement. The research was grounded by allowing principals to talk about what their actual practices as leaders.

Findings

The principals provided a wealth of information that helped to identify common themes of practice across all 12 participants. The following categories represent the central themes: leadership with data; honesty and relationships; fostering ownership and collaboration; recognizing and developing leadership; and instructional awareness and involvement.

Practical implications

This study identified vital practices of successful elementary leaders that enabled them to facilitate high levels of student achievement and to dispel any notions that success is not possible in a high stakes environment. Interviews with the principals identified common themes of practice that, when collectively utilized, have led to high student achievement.

Originality/value

This study is very relevant and contributes to the growing body of research that seeks to define the qualities of effective leaders during times of increased accountability.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Publication date: 28 September 2010

Margaret Grogan

This short essay aims to reflect on the global experiences women in education have had in becoming leaders as noted in the articles in this special issue on women's leadership.

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Purpose

This short essay aims to reflect on the global experiences women in education have had in becoming leaders as noted in the articles in this special issue on women's leadership.

Design/methodology/approach

The essay draws upon relevant historical and contemporary literature about women in the professions and in the workforce.

Findings

The case is made for women educational leaders from kindergarten through higher education to reshape leadership rather than lead as men have done in the past.

Originality/value

The essay highlights this moment in history is seen as particularly promising for women leaders who are no longer anomalies, but who have not yet redefined leadership.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Publication date: 15 August 2008

Karen S. Crum and Whitney H. Sherman

The burden for school improvement in a time of accountability falls squarely on the shoulders of principals as new requirements demand that they act as instructional…

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Purpose

The burden for school improvement in a time of accountability falls squarely on the shoulders of principals as new requirements demand that they act as instructional leaders. The purpose of this study is to discover the common themes of school leadership and instructional practices of high school principals at successful schools in Virginia.

Design/methodology/approach

An inductive exploratory study was designed to provide insight into how successful high school principals facilitate high levels of student achievement. The research was grounded by allowing principals to talk about their actual practices as leaders.

Findings

The principals provided valuable insights into their daily practices that foster an environment which is supportive of high‐student achievement. These practices are categorized in the following themes: developing personnel and facilitating leadership, responsible delegation and empowering the team, recognizing ultimate accountability, communicating and rapport, facilitating instruction, and managing change.

Practical implications

Findings have direct implications for current principals, aspiring leaders, and leadership preparation programs. The themes that emerged serve as a powerful framework to help current and aspiring principals develop a leadership philosophy that promotes and fosters a successful learning environment.

Originality/value

The need to promote high‐achievement permeates the daily practices of principals. Although, reform efforts are not new, No Child Left Behind has created new demands on leaders. Studies on effective leadership practices, though, do not reflect empirical research based on contemporary schools. Instead, most are meta‐analyses of twentieth century research creating a need for research on effective leadership practices in today's schools.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 46 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2011

Karen Leigh Sanzo, Whitney H. Sherman and Jennifer Clayton

This study aims to be one in a series examining the leadership best practices of school principals as they lead in an accountability‐ and standards‐driven school…

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Purpose

This study aims to be one in a series examining the leadership best practices of school principals as they lead in an accountability‐ and standards‐driven school environment. The lack of research and necessity to find successful practices to improve student achievement highlight the need for this study.

Design/methodology/approach

An inductive exploratory study was designed to provide insight into how successful middle school principals facilitate high levels of student achievement.

Findings

Common themes of practices enabling the principals to serve effectively in their schools emerged from the conversations and were grouped in the following categories: sharing leadership; facilitating professional development; leading with an instructional orientation; and acting openly and honestly.

Originality/value

This research contributes to the field by providing insights into the practices of leaders of successful schools in a high‐stakes testing environment. The study provides a framework on which leaders should model their own practices, as well as informing leadership preparation programs areas around which to focus their instructional content.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 49 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Publication date: 21 August 2007

Whitney H. Sherman and Danna M. Beaty

As the number of internet users has increased, universities have begun to rely more heavily on technology in the delivery of course content and instruction. The use of…

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Purpose

As the number of internet users has increased, universities have begun to rely more heavily on technology in the delivery of course content and instruction. The use of distance technology has been purported to have the potential to lead the way in developing more competent technology leaders in schools as well as reforming leadership preparation and reaching a more inclusive population of administrator aspirants. The paper aims to focus on the issues involved.

Design/methodology/approach

An exploratory study of how 49 higher education institutions in the USA utilize distance technology in the preparation of educational leaders is reported. Descriptive statistics, including both categorical scales and continuous scales, were collected from the survey designed and are used to indicate how and why technology was used in program delivery.

Findings

Findings are grouped according to the following themes: overall program structures; types of distance technology; goals for the use of distance technology; problems experienced with the use of distance technology; and factors that affect the expansion of the use of distance technology.

Practical implications

Data gained have important implications for follow‐up studies that explore the relationship between the use of distance technology and the transformation of the preparation of school leaders.

Originality/value

This research defines areas in which programs can meet today's global standards, allow for the greatest flexibility in meeting student needs, and yet continue to increase leadership and educational opportunities for all student groups.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 45 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Article
Publication date: 28 September 2010

Jill Sperandio

The purpose of the paper is to discuss and examine the development of frameworks and models to guide future research into studies of women's paths to educational…

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to discuss and examine the development of frameworks and models to guide future research into studies of women's paths to educational leadership worldwide.

Design/methodology/approach

A grounded theory approach to the development of a model of the factors and their interaction that determine the path to educational leadership for women is adopted, drawing on existing research for world‐wide studies.

Findings

Past studies in this field have focused on identifying barriers and opportunities that are gender sensitive. With an increasing interest in developing educational preparation programs that are context and gender specific, there is a need to provide research frameworks to allow for meaningful comparisons between contexts to identify commonalities and differences, and for models to predict the likely outcomes of interventions in current procedures for drawing women into educational leadership. The model presented in the paper allows for the identification of those factors in any given context that influence the success of women aspiring to leadership.

Social implications

Understanding the culturally determined interaction of social and institutional factors that create unique contexts for career building is a prerequisite of developing leadership preparation for women designed to increase their successful entry into, and practice of, school leadership and to rectify their under‐representation in this field worldwide.

Originality/value

Conceptualizing educational leadership for women at an international level is a newly emerging theme that this paper hopes to advance.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Article
Publication date: 28 September 2010

Rachel McNae

Young women's leadership is an area frequently overlooked in educational leadership development. This paper aims to bring young women's voices into educational leadership…

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Purpose

Young women's leadership is an area frequently overlooked in educational leadership development. This paper aims to bring young women's voices into educational leadership conversations and illustrate an alternative approach to young women's leadership development.

Design/methodology/approach

This qualitative action research study was located in an urban girls' high school in New Zealand. The researcher worked in partnership with 12 young women and used a process of co‐construction to design a leadership development programme. The young women then participated in, evaluated and modified the programme before teaching it to another group of students.

Findings

Co‐construction was an effective way to develop a relevant and authentic leadership programme that met the needs of the young women, however, the process was extremely complex. The findings indicated that this approach challenged existing views of teaching and learning and was an active process that required significant efforts to balance input and share ownership between the researcher and the young women.

Research limitations/implications

The findings highlighted the importance of including young women in decision‐making processes related to their leadership learning. Future consideration in this area could relate to creating a sustainable leadership culture in schools by engaging this process across year levels.

Originality/value

This paper outlines an alternative approach to leadership development in high schools that could be used in a number of contexts as these findings related to women's youth leadership development have implications on leadership development for women at all levels.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Article
Publication date: 28 September 2010

Tamar Shapira, Khalid Arar and Faisal Azaiza

This paper's purpose is to tell the life‐stories of four women who succeeded in forging paths to senior positions as principals in Arab schools in Israel and to describe…

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Purpose

This paper's purpose is to tell the life‐stories of four women who succeeded in forging paths to senior positions as principals in Arab schools in Israel and to describe the personal, professional and sociopolitical contexts of their principalship.

Design/methodology/approach

This is part of a larger research effort that explored the issue of Arab women managers. Open interviews were conducted with four women principals, employing a narrative approach to study career development and managerial style.

Findings

The stories indicate that these women act as progressive models for Arab society that has not yet recognized women leaders as a social norm. The source of these women's empowerment can be found in their personal backgrounds. These women have created a new style of leadership in Arab schools. An outstanding feature of the principals' stories is the significant importance that they attribute to their relationships with teachers, students and parents.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first attempt to document the development of Arab women principals in Israel in their biographical, professional and sociological contexts. The paper provides insight into the educational and social contributions of women in senior positions in Israel's Arab educational system.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 48 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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