The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Gender and Educational Management

Gender and educational management

The research on gender and management begins with women's representation in formal leadership positions, explores access and barriers to access, and examines female leadership patterns. Across countries, one of the first things researchers want to know is how many and at what levels women are found in organizational management. Once women's representation has been documented, researchers pursue data that help to explain why women do not hold more positions in school management. Then, the ways women manage – often in contrast with men – are explored.

Fitzgerald (2002) notes that early studies tend to present women leaders as if they are an ‘homogenized group and considerations of circumstances such as ethnicity/social class/location and beliefs have been discounted’ (p10). The ...

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