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ERIC Number: ED533813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 199
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-0689-8
Perceived Challenges and Factors That Influence, Inhibit, and Contribute to the on the Job Success of Black Superintendents in California School Districts: An Exploratory Study
Dosty, Allen L., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Davis
The public school superintendent is undoubtedly a difficult position to fulfill. It is becoming more challenging each year (Goodman & Zimmerman, 2000). While the demographics of students of color continue to rise, the numbers of Superintendents of color have not increased at the same rate. Specifically, the number of Black Superintendents has fluctuated over the past decade, reaching as low as 13 in the state of California (Ellerby, 2002). In order to better understand this phenomenon and to remedy it, this study examined the barriers and challenges faced by Black Superintendents in California. In particular, the study explored how race and other factors are embedded in the barriers and challenges facing superintendents in these positions. The present study is a qualitative exploratory case study design. It reflects the diverse thoughts, experiences, and perspectives of the school superintendents in the state of California. The principal goal of this study is to obtain an emic (an inside) perspective of sitting Black superintendents in California about the barriers and challenges facing them in this role. Open-ended interviews are the main data source for this study. They are utilized to explore the challenges encountered in by these superintendents. Black superintendents in this study juggled their personal and professional lives as they struggled to successfully do their job and to be accepted as equals in their profession. The findings contribute to the body of knowledge concerning Black superintendents, in what has appeared to be a White male--dominated role. They also provide a richer understanding of the context within which Black superintendents work. These findings suggest further study and ways that may improve access to and retention of Black superintendents. Furthermore, this study suggests the need for shining much more light on these issues of providing support for racial equity and diversity in the role of the school district superintendent in California and the nation. [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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Identifiers - Location: California