The main purpose of the research is to explore the educational career development of a woman elementary school principal. With the attempt to keep track of her life stories, the research is to find the factors that influence the career decision-making of women principals from being teachers, administrative directors, to being principals when they transfer from teacher training institutes to the work place.
Based on narrative research of the qualitative research approach, data of the research are collected through interviews. Through the narration of principal L, the research is to analyze the strategies she takes during her 37-year educational career in the aspects of education, teaching profession, administrative management, and family management.
The educational career of Principal L is divided into the following periods：
1.Receiving teacher education
2.Working as a teacher
3.Working as an administrative director
4.Working as a principal
5.Working with double-track career
6.Living as a story-teller
The results of the research are concluded as follows:
1.From passively choosing the career to actively acquiring knowledge： Though it was not her own choice to enter the normal college, she found the pleasure of teaching in the work place, and became ambitious to acquire the professional knowledge of teaching.
2.From taking pleasure in teaching to taking pains in running a school: From a good teacher to a principal, though she had more power, she has more responsibility as well. It’s not until she became the principal did she know how complicated and difficult the task was.
3.From work-first priority to work-family balance: She changed from emphasizing the perfection of work but ignoring family life to striking the balance between family and work and then regained the intimacy with other family members.
4.From a movie-lover to a story-teller: She used to see movies in her spare time when she was a student, but now she uses stories to convey her ideas to students.
According to the results of the research, the following suggestions are offered:
I. Suggestions for the government:
1. For highly professional work, like school construction, should be executed by professional individuals employed by the government.
2. The career development education of married women or women with children should be formulated properly, with supplementary measures, by the authority concerned.
II. Suggestions for the teacher education institutes:
1.The concept of career development of female teachers should be included as the required courses in teacher education for it will help the future teachers contemplate on the direction and choices they may encounter in the teaching career. In addition, there also should be career development courses in the on-the-job training for teachers.
2.Under the present system of school administration, principals need to deal with other administrative affairs than education profession, so it is necessary for the principals to take on-the-job courses related to these administrative affairs.
III. Suggestions for the future researchers:
1.In order to enrich the diversity of the data, the research can include more interviewees and collect the data of the interviews of other family members of the object.
2.The researcher can interview the unmarried woman principals to compare the differences and similarities of their career development with the double-track career principals.