Constructions of School Administrators (Rebecca Roney)

The first thing that I learned about through this week’s reading was about women and administration. On page 193 of the reading it is said, “Currently, more women than men complete advanced degrees in educational administration, yet their numbers in administration positions overall are disproportionate to their representations in the field of education,” (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, 1996; Gill, 1995, 1998; Reynolds, 2001). I found this interesting even though more women than men have higher schooling more men are in the administration roles. I have often noticed this throughout my own schooling, especially in high school, as most administration in schools I attended were all men.

Another thing I learned in regards to Academic Freedom on page 208 in the reading it is said, “As employees of a school district, which is governed by provincials regulations and curriculum requirements, teachers are not free to teach whatever content they want. In universities, professors are recognized as having academic freedom, which means they are able to teach their classes the knowledge they consider to be most important and worthwhile, even if these ideas are controversial or unpopular.” I think that this shows in how in university how even if two people are taking the same class with different professors the students may learn different things depending how what the professor finds important.

One last thing I learned is about how some schools are often giving a new teacher a sort of orientation to help them. I found this interesting and thought that it was a good thing because at least the teacher would feel more comfortable with their new job and allow everyone in the school to be on the same page.

One connection I made can be related to one thing I learned as well as my own school experience. On page 194 of the reading it is said, “For instance, women are more apt to hold assistant positions (vice principal or assistant superintendent) than they are to hold chief positions (principal or superintendent). They are also more apt to hold elementary principalships that middle or high school principalships,” (Wallin, 2005; Young & Ansara, 1999). This is very relatable to my own school experience as the only time I had a female administration was in elementary school. All of the high schools where I grew up had an all-male administration where there is more female administrators in elementary schools.

Another connection I made was about the evaluation of teachers. I think that this is similar to how students are being evaluated. Both teachers and students are evaluated on their performance. I think sometimes students forget that teachers are also being evaluated have they do have more things in common then you would think.

One question I have is how come there are more male than female administrators is females have more education?


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