Working beyond the glass ceiling: women managers in initial teacher training in England

Thompson, B. (2007) Working beyond the glass ceiling: women managers in initial teacher training in England. Gender and Education, 19 (3). p. 339. ISSN 0954-0253

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Recently in England, women have been successful in obtaining managerial responsibilities in the
field of teacher training. In this setting at least, it could be argued that the glass ceiling that has kept women in lower-paid and lower status posts has been shattered. In order to explore this proposition from the perspective of those who work as managers in teacher training, this paper draws on a series of in-depth interviews with eleven women managers who work in six different higher educational institutions (HEIs) in England. Two contextualising factors inform the background to this paper: one is the gendered history of management in teacher training; the second is the impact of public sector reform, which has significant outcomes for those who manage the educational workplace.
The paper argues that women are moving into positions of authority in teacher training across the board. However, the category of ‘women managers’ in teacher training is complex and internally differentiated. Even though, once again the gender composition of those who manage teacher training is changing passing through the glass ceiling in new managerialist times, may not be equally rewarding for all women who manage teacher training.

Publication Type: Articles
Uncontrolled Keywords: women, managers, initial teacher training, glass ceiling, public sector reform
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers and administrators
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Education and Teaching
Depositing User: Barbara Thompson
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 15:25
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2019 13:20

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