Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Curriculum and Instruction
Leslie R. Bloom
Social scientists have referred to secretaries as invisible and government agencies have described the job classification as non-regulated. One segment of this job classification, public school secretary, could very well be described as nonexistent. However, anyone who has ever visited a public school has probably met the school secretary. She has been described as the woman in the principal's office and frequently has been charged with running the school. Yet, as a group, these public school employees have been ignored by the leaders in educational research and policy study.;In this study I reached out to the school secretaries of Iowa and offered them an opportunity to discuss their views regarding their roles in our public schools. I have reported demographic information and personal perceptions of 147 public school secretaries, 99.31% of whom were women. These women represented the smallest and largest school districts in the state of Iowa. I provided members of this large group with an opportunity to raise their voices. I interviewed and corresponded with eighteen volunteers and of that group, I focused more closely on six women who work in settings that represent a majority of the schools in Iowa. Through their stories and personal narratives, a picture of this woman, the public school secretary, has emerged.
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Pamela Sue Nystrom
Nystrom, Pamela Sue, "Public school secretaries: hearts of gold, voices of reason " (2002). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 537.