Moral perspectives of women administrators of student services in higher education : an exploration of Gilligan's theory

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Jean Marie Luce (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David H. Reilly

Abstract: This study explores the moral perspectives which senior-level female administrators bring to the administration of student services in private four-year colleges. Gilligan's theory of moral development (1977, 1982) which posits at least two perspectives, one of care and the other justice, was used to frame the research questions. An interpretive method developed by Brown, Argyris, Attanucci, Gilligan, Johnston, et al. (1988) to analyze, interpret, and represent findings was used. Participants were 16 women employed as senior-level student services administrators in private colleges in six states. Data were collected through personal interviews which were tape recorded and transcribed for data analysis. Participants described two real-life issues which caused inner conflict and responded to a standardized student issue presented as a hypothetical dilemma.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Gilligan, Carol, $d 1936-
Women college administrators $x Conduct of life
Women college administrators $x Attitudes
Educational counseling $x Decision making

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