BARRIERS AND FACILITATORS TO CAREER ADVANCEMENT BY TOP-LEVEL, ENTRY- LEVEL AND NON– ADMINISTRATIVE WOMEN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS: A MIXED METHODS STUDY

Open Access
Author:
Ahmed, Eman Ibrahim Eldesouki
Graduate Program:
Educational Administration
Degree:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Dissertation
Date of Defense:
November 14, 2011
Committee Members:
  • Roger C Shouse, Dissertation Advisor
  • Roger C Shouse, Committee Chair
  • Jacqueline A Stefkovich, Committee Member
  • Susan Faircloth, Committee Member
  • Edgar Paul Yoder, Committee Member
Keywords:
  • women in school administration
  • career advancement
  • barriers and facilitators
  • mixed methods
Abstract:
The purpose of this study was to investigate the barriers and facilitators to career advancement among women administrators occupying top-level positions, those occupying entry-level positions and those in non-administrative positions in both rural and urban public school districts in central Pennsylvania. The need to increase the awareness of the barriers which might contribute to the low incidence of women is vital in achieving gender equity in school administration. An explanatory mixed method design was used, which involved collecting qualitative data after a quantitative phase to further explain or follow up the quantitative data in more depth. In the quantitative phase of the study, a survey was used to collect data from women occupying administrative and non-administrative positions at rural and urban public school districts in central Pennsylvania. In the qualitative phase of the study, the barriers and facilitators to career advancement are tentatively explored with a purposeful sample of women administrators and non administrators. The overall, purpose of the explanatory design was to interpret, explain and build on the findings of the quantitative data.