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ERIC Number: EJ1018648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Leadership and Accountability in American Indian Education: Voices from New Mexico
Bird, Carlotta Penny; Lee, Tiffany S.; Lopez, Nancy
American Journal of Education, v119 n4 p539-564 Aug 2013
How do American Indian students, parents, and teachers conceptualize leadership in New Mexico public schools? How do they negotiate power dynamics within this context? The objective of this study was to investigate how leadership and accountability in American Indian schools and communities in New Mexico is recognized, characterized, contested, and envisioned by students, teachers, and community members. We contend that American Indian communities are uniquely positioned to provide insights for understanding leadership and visions of decolonized and empowering education for American Indian communities. Our data come from focus groups and interviews with American Indian students, parents, and community members, as well as teachers in seven public school districts in New Mexico. Participants described how they observed leadership enacted and how they participated in New Mexico public schools. We found participants describing unequal power relations, yet they also held visions of school leadership embedded in the values and definitions of leadership traditionally and historically held in American Indian communities. These visions of leadership centered around the importance of sustaining and strengthening American Indian communities and self-determination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico
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