ERIC Number: EJ1061948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Pathways to Teaching: An Examination of Black Females' Pursuits of Careers as K-12 Teachers
Farinde, Abiola A.; LeBlanc, Jennifer K.; Otten, Amanda S.
Educational Research Quarterly, v38 n3 p32-51 Mar 2015
White, female, middle-class teachers dominate the education field. As a result, Black female teachers are underrepresented in the teaching field. Statistically, Black female teachers represent 7.7% of the United States teaching force, while White female teachers make up over 60% of the American teaching workforce. With the aim of diversifying the teaching pool, this phenomenological study explored the lived K-12 and collegiate educational experiences of Black female in-service teachers in order to gain insight about their vocational choices to become educators. Constant comparative data analysis revealed four major themes. The results of this study have implications for teacher education programs and educational policy.
Descriptors: Females, Phenomenology, Educational Experience, Disproportionate Representation, African American Teachers, Career Choice, Educational Policy, Career Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Effectiveness, Student Teaching, School Support, Institutional Characteristics, Work Attitudes, Collegiality, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Qualitative Research
Behavioral Research Press. Grambling State University, Math Department, P.O. Box 1191, Grambling, LA 71245. Tel: 318-274-2425; Web site: http://erquarterly.org/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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