'They didn't consider me and no-one even took me into account': Female school principals in the Arab education system in Israel

Tamar Shapira, Khalid Arar, Faisal Azaiza

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Abstract

The study of women's management and leadership in education has become a central research topic and the copious work published in many countries encompasses various issues relating to gender and educational leadership. The study of female school principals from the Arab minority in Israel has only recently begun. This is a minority that lives mostly in separate settlements, distinguished from the majority Jewish population by their lifestyle and culture, in a society that can be described as developing. In-depth interviews were conducted with the seven female school principals, from different socio-cultural backgrounds, who had successfully climbed the professional ladder to senior positions in the Arab education system in Israel. Data-analysis addressed three areas: biographical background; the social and political aspects of the women's nomination to principalship; and the social and professional acceptance of the women as principals. Findings indicated that women principals contribute significantly to the development of Arab schools. As women in senior roles, the majority faces resistance; a change of societal norms and willingness to accept women's leadership would enable many more women to fill public roles and to contribute to their society's progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-43
Number of pages19
JournalEducational Management Administration and Leadership
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Arabs
  • Israel
  • ethnic minorities
  • gender
  • women's leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management

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