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Jämställt ledarskap? Genus, organisation och ledarskap i skolans värld.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies.
2002 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister)Student thesisAlternative title
Gender equal leadership? Gender, organization and leadership in the educational system. (English)
Abstract [en]

In today´s labour market, men and women are segregated, both vertically and horizontally. Exceptions to the rule of gender segregation are few. There is, however, one managerial group where women and men are equal in numbers: school principals. In a short period of time, the distribution in terms of sex among principals in Sweden has changed dramatically. How does gender equality in numbers affect gender equality in a qualitative sense? That is the focus of this thesis. In order to find out, I interviewed eight senior level school principals, on the topics of sex/gender, leadership and gender equality.

Three important conclusions were drawn from the interviews. The first one is that there is a strong connection between masculinity and leadership among the principals. When they talk about establishing boundaries and discussing right and wrong, they focus on male principals. In certain situations, no woman is good enough, no matter how good a principal she is. Male principals are described as different, in a positive way. The second conclusion has to do with the way men and women are described. The male principals describe themselves as intuitive and focused on relationship issues – features traditionally labelled as female. The women, however, describe themselves as masculine in some ways. It appears that who and what is labelled as male or female is negotiable among the principals in this study.

The final conclusion concerns gender equality. It appears that the strive for gender equality in a quantitative sense has led to a focus on men and masculinity. The strive for gender equality in numbers, seems to put egual opportunitys for men and women at risk.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för tematisk utbildning och forskning , 2002.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary studies, Genus, kön, organisation, ledarskap, rektorer, genussystem, genusmärkning, Gender, sex, organization, leadership, school principals, gender system, gender typing
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-1919ISRN: LIU-ITUF/SKA-D--02/18--SEOAI: diva2:19246
Available from: 2003-08-07 Created: 2003-08-07

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