The Difficulties of Female Primary School Administrators in the Administration Process and Solution Suggestions

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KOŞAR D., ALTUNAY E. , Yalcinkayac M.

KURAM VE UYGULAMADA EGITIM BILIMLERI, vol.14, no.3, pp.905-919, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.12738/estp.2014.3.2067
  • Page Numbers: pp.905-919


The aim of this research is to determine the administration experiences of female administrators, find out the troubles they have had during their administration process, and suggest some solutions according to these experiences. The qualitative method was used in this research and data was collected via the semi-structured interview form developed by the researchers. 30 school administrators composed the study group for this research. It is seen that female and male administrators' views are similar regarding the difficulties that female administrators face during the administration process. According to the participants, female administrators are sensitive with regard to having some ideal administration qualities such as being systematic, well-planned and ambitious. School administrators mentioned that they support female administrators as their communication skills are strong, they work attentively, and they cause the school to gain aesthetic perceptions. On the other hand they emphasized that the long lasting effect of sexist social values, patriarchal societal structures, and difficult working conditions are the reasons why most women do not prefer being an administrator. For increasing the number of female administrators in schools, school administrators suggested that gender based role perceptions that exclude women should be changed.