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Probing Educational Management as Gendered: An Examination Through Model and Metaphor


by Ernestine K. Enomoto — 2000

This paper explores the proposition that educational management is a gendered construction. The author utilizes Scott’s analytic model which distinguishes gender as sexual difference, denoted by cultural symbols, signs and representations; and gender as a signifier of power, identified by four different types of social relationships. Against this model, the author casts a gender specific metaphor (“leader as mother”) and a gender neutral one (“leader as visionary”). Applying model to metaphor offers a mechanism to expose gendered assumptions about educational management. Such an analytic device forces an examination of educational management with women at the center, rather than at the periphery, of the construction.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 2, 2000, p. 375-397
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10450, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 9:09:02 PM

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  • Ernestine Enomoto
    University of Hawaii
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    Ernestine K. Enomoto is an associate professor in educational administration at the University of Hawai'i. She is the co-author, with Mary Gardiner and Margaret Grogan, of Coloring Outside the Lines, Mentoring Women into School Leadership (SUNY, forthcoming).
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