Date of Award

7-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Education

Degree Name

Ed.D.

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Hill

Second Advisor

Dr. Darrell Groves

Third Advisor

Dr. Trevor Turner

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine how female principals perceive the influence of social norms and gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary instructional leaders. This study sought to contextualize the experiences and perception of women as secondary instructional leaders to provide insight to leadership preparation programs, aspirants, and school systems. This study used a multiple case study analysis of two female principals by collecting data through interviews, observations, and document reviews. The researcher found that the female principals in this study do not perceive the influence of social norms nor gender roles on their effectiveness as secondary instructional leaders; however, both principals spoke about and were observed altering their behavior based on previous experiences.

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