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ERIC Number: ED515081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-1143-1
Upward Mobility--A Study of Barriers Encountered and Strategies Employed by Assistant Principals Aspiring to Be Principals
Davidson, Todd Calvert
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The College of William and Mary
American social culture had a long-prevailing ideology that minorities were inferior to their Caucasian counterparts. Clearly, though, integration reflected an acknowledgement that racial equity and equality could and should be achieved in the composition of schools. In the last 40 years, as a profession and individually, educators have shifted from concerns about removing legal constraints or policy barriers based on race or gender to issues of equity and access to opportunity for advancement to the site-based leadership position called the principal. This study use Marshall's typologies of the (1992) "plateaued assistant principal", "shafted assistant principal", and "the assistant principal who considers leaving" to determine if there are significant differences in the barriers to upward mobility between aspiring minorities and their Caucasian counterparts. Additionally, the strategies employed by currently practicing principals were assessed to determine if the strategies assistant principals intend to employ are the same as the successful ones employed by practicing principals. The findings of this research indicate that some assistant principals still meet barriers to their ascendancy. Promisingly, this study indicated that barriers based solely on race are minimal. Lack of mentors, lack of sponsors, and exclusion from the ole' boys/girls' network were critical barriers to advancement. Some assistant principals, though, found that their climb has been free from barriers. A holistic approach to career development emerged as the most effective way to overcome the ole' boys/girls' network and get a job as principal. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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