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Gender and Leadership in Education

Women Achieving Against the Odds

Kay Fuller and Judith Harford

The under-representation of women in leadership positions in educational settings is a widely acknowledged, complex phenomenon that seems to persist, despite the fact that teaching as a profession is dominated by women. Over recent decades, scholars have investigated the factors contributing towards this under-representation, with a particular focus on the personal, organisational and social/cultural levels.

This volume has been compiled in honour of Marianne Coleman, Emeritus Reader in Educational Leadership and Management at the Institute of Education, University College London. She is widely regarded as one of the most significant scholars globally in the field of gender and educational leadership, forging the research agenda and mentoring some of the scholars who contribute essays here. Amongst the key questions the book asks are: Why does society continue to accept male leaders as the norm? What barriers do women who seek leadership positions face? What supports do women require in order to encourage them to pursue leadership positions? How do women working in leadership positions conceive of their role as leaders? How might women’s educational leadership be best supported at an institutional level?


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Tony Bush Foreword vii Kay Fuller and Judith Harford A Festschrift for Marianne Coleman 1 Izhar Oplatka The Research on Gender in the Field of Educational Management: A Journals-Based Historical Overview of an Area of Study 7 Jacky Lumby Culture and Otherness in Gender Studies: Building on Marianne Coleman’s Work 37 Victoria Showunmi Diversity and Education in England 63 Joan Smith Motherhood and Women Teachers’ Career Decisions: A Constant Battle 83 Kay Fuller Headteacher Preparation: An Account of One Woman Headteacher’s Supportive Practices 115 vi Mary Cunneen and Judith Harford Gender Matters: Women’s Experience of the Route to Principalship in Ireland 147 Jill Sperandio and Jennifer Polinchock Roads Less Travelled: Female Elementary School Principals Aspiring to the School District Superintendency 175 Tanya Fitzgerald Venturing into the Habitat of the Powerful: Women Leaders in Higher Education 209 Margaret Grogan and Klara Wahlster In Books, on the Screen, and in Games: Leadership and Gender Stereotypes Shape Images of Young Women Leaders 227 Pontso Moorosi Patriarchal Bargain for African Women in Leadership: Deal or No Deal? 249 Helen Sobehart Weaving the Fabric of Legacy: An Epilogue 269 Notes on Contributors 283 Index 289

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