Davis, Sue B. Jr.
The Socialization of a Female Superintendent.
Degree: EdD, Educational Administration, 1997, Virginia Tech
This is a single case study of the socialization of a woman in the public school superintendency at the end of the 20th century. It is a description of the forces that come to bear on her behavior as the chief executive of a school system.
Socialization is a continuous process of adaptation to and personalization of one's environment. Further, it is believed to be a process that occurs throughout one's professional career and life and not a fixed, end state; therefore, one's career is embedded within one's socialization for life.
A model is proposed which represents female socialization as
dynamic role creation through the responses of accommodation
and role personalization as they are affected by the interaction
of organizational, community, and personal forces. These
forces are communicated through the transmittal processes
of formal policies, networking, and mentoring. The unique
experiences of this superintendent are explored to see if
these forces of influence appear in this situation.
Data collected through interviews and document reviews were
coded and then analyzed with a matrix. Seven categories of
subjects were interviewed, so this study not only provides
the perspectives of the superintendent but also those of her
spouse, secretary, current and former colleagues in the central
office, a building-level administrator, current and former
members of the school board, and community residents. Documents
from the news media, records of school board meetings, and
division publications provided information about the total
experiences of this superintendent.
Advisors/Committee Members: Parks, David J. (committeechair), Yardley, Dianne R. (committee member), Lange, Lorraine (committee member), Dawson, Christina M. (committee member), Compton, Elizabeth (committee member).
Subjects/Keywords: Female; Superintendent; Socialization; Qualitative; Case Study
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APA (6th Edition):
Davis, S. B. J. (1997). The Socialization of a Female Superintendent. (Doctoral Dissertation). Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10919/30337
Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):
Davis, Sue B Jr. “The Socialization of a Female Superintendent.” 1997. Doctoral Dissertation, Virginia Tech. Accessed June 16, 2019.
MLA Handbook (7th Edition):
Davis, Sue B Jr. “The Socialization of a Female Superintendent.” 1997. Web. 16 Jun 2019.
Davis SBJ. The Socialization of a Female Superintendent. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Virginia Tech; 1997. [cited 2019 Jun 16].
Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/30337.
Council of Science Editors:
Davis SBJ. The Socialization of a Female Superintendent. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Virginia Tech; 1997. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/30337