REICE 2014 - Volume 12, No 4, special issue
South African female principals' career paths:
Understanding the gender gap in secondary school management

This article reports on data from a larger scale study exploring female principals’ experiences of their career route to the principalship of secondary schools in South Africa. To understand these experiences, the study used an analytical framework that identifies three phases principals go through on their career route, namely: anticipation, acquisition and performance. The framework suggests that women experience more obstacles than men on their career route and their experiences are influenced by personal, organizational and social factors. These factors manifest in social practices within and outside schools and affect women across the three phases of the career route. Central to these experiences, is the underlying male norm of who is more appropriate for secondary school principalship.

Key words
Career paths, Gender, Participation, Principalship, Social practices.
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Moorosi, P. (2014). Carrera profesional de las directoras en Sudáfrica: Comprendiendo la brecha de género en la dirección escolar. REICE. Revista Iberoamericana sobre Calidad, Eficacia y Cambio en Educación, 12(4e), 209-224.
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Original version
This article has been originally published by Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 2010, vol 38, n 547.

Translated by Cynthia Martínez-Garrido.