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Completing an Educational Leadership Picture: Feminine Essentials from an Australian Perspective

McCrea, Nadine L. & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2000) Completing an Educational Leadership Picture: Feminine Essentials from an Australian Perspective. In Pankake, A., Schroth, G., & Funk, C. (Eds.) Women as School Executives: The Complete Picture. Texas A & M University-Commerce Press, Texas, USA, pp. 48-54.

Abstract

The position of women in Australian society, and other westernized countries has not improved greatly. Over the past two decades, a variety of feminist frameworks have been put forward to explain women's almost absence from formal leadership positions and highlight the various barriers that have contributed to this situation. In this book chapter we argue that the dominant culture of educational institutions is masculine. Thus valued practices are those which support competition, hierarchy and individualism (Blackmore 1997), while more feminine models of caring, concern and consensus are devalued or ignored. Because of this incomplete picture, our chapter outlines some important principles and relevant practices that create more feminine ways of leading organizations.

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ID Code: 1933
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: l.ehrich@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: leadership, feminine, masculine, education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Texas A & M University-Commerce Press
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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