Problem Solving Style Preferences of Women in K-12 and Higher Education Leadership

Justine Fitzgerald, Fordham University


This study examines data from 61,526 administrations of VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving Style, a validated instrument that assesses problem solving style, to uncover whether differences exist in problem solving style preferences between women and men education leaders, between education leaders of various levels, and between women leaders in education and women leaders in non-education sectors. Analyses of variance yielded several statistically significant comparisons. A general finding is that women leaders in K-12, higher education, and non-education fields appear very similar across VIEW styles. The strongest effects were found when comparing Senior/Upper Management, Middle Management, and Supervisors, with Supervisors demonstrating a Developer preference. Results are discussed in terms of leadership and problem solving style characteristics.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Educational psychology|Womens studies|Occupational psychology

Recommended Citation

Fitzgerald, Justine, "Problem Solving Style Preferences of Women in K-12 and Higher Education Leadership" (2022). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI29167689.