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ERIC Number: ED534759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 155
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2670-3938-5
Perceptions of Race and Gender in the Superintendency: A Feminist Poststructural Narrative Inquiry of an African American, Hispanic, and White Novice Female Superintendent
Goffney, LaTonya M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Sam Houston State University
The purpose of this study was to examine perceptions of three novice female superintendents, one African American, one Hispanic, and one White, regarding (a) the impact of race on their professional careers, (b) the impact of gender on their professional careers, and (c) how these career experiences compare. The researcher sought to determine if observable and perceived barriers, including race and gender, manifested for novice female superintendents and to identify strategies used to cope with barriers and adversities in their professional lives. This qualitative research study was delimited to a purposive sample of three female superintendents in Texas: one African American, one Hispanic, and one White, who had each completed two years as a superintendent of schools. A narrative inquiry approach was utilized and, through constant comparative analysis, major themes were derived within the context of each research question. The major themes that emerged included: (a) race as a non-issue for performance, (b) a "no excuses" attitude, (c) collaborative leadership, (d) a balance between work and family, (e) the importance of spirituality, and (f) positive relationships with other superintendents. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas