ERIC Number: ED229885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Black School Administrators: A Review of Their Early History, Trends in Recruitment, Problems and Needs.
Jones, Effie H.
Historical background data and recent research on the distribution and representation of black school administrators (especially superintendents and principals) reveal significant trends. Recent trends show blacks are usually appointed to administrative positions in large urban schools with large minority populations and severe problems. Moreover, white administrators do not actively recruit minorities despite minority underrepresentation in administration. Black school administrators encounter various problems: (1) dwindling job opportunities and federal funds; (2) a scarcity of role models and mentors; (3) negative responses from subordinates; (4) conflicting expectations about black administrators' loyalties; (5) misunderstanding of the dynamics of educational administration; (6) widespread resistance to the employment of minorities; and (7) unreasonable expectations that black administrators can quickly solve difficult economic, social, and racial problems. Black school administrators need the support of mentors, friends, and families; training that provides understanding of institutional barriers and dynamics; support from educational organizations against recent attempts to curb affirmative action enforcement; an end to racially discriminatory certification programs; the adoption of active minority recruitment policies; recruitment and support of minority graduate students in educational management studies; and programs to assist in the hiring and promotion of black administrators. Tables provide distribution and representation statistics. (PB)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Administrator Selection, Black History, Blacks, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Groups, Needs, Principals, Racial Composition, Racial Discrimination, Superintendents, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis
Publications, American Association of School Administrators, 180l North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 ($5.00; add $1.50 postage and handling on orders under $15.00; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educsational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).