Women's Participation in Educational Management: A Trinidad and Tobago perspective
Faculty of Education, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
This study uses an interactionist perspective to examine the careers of a small group of women teachers. It uses the concept of “subjective career” to capture the meanings that women administrators give to the circumstances that shaped their career decisions at crucial points. The focus is on successful women - school principals, school supervisors, directors of educational institutions, and women faculty at the university – exploring their own interpretations for their career success and reasons for it. Data were collected through unstructured interviews, and the discussion uses extracts from the interviews to illustrate the important themes, 1) career, 2) commitment, 3) domestic responsibility, 4) sponsors and mentors, and 5) discrimination on the job.