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ERIC Number: EJ943034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Pastoral Care: Notions of Caring and the Black Female Principal
Witherspoon, Noelle; Arnold, Bruce Makoto
Journal of Negro Education, v79 n3 p220-232 Sum 2010
The purpose of this qualitative life narrative study was to describe the themes and patterns in which religio-spirituality influences the leadership process for four Black American principals. The study explored how these women leaders navigated intersecting oppressions as they engaged in social justice in their schools and the role of religio-spirituality in that process. One such emerging theme in their narratives was their re/conceptualization of traditional notions of care in their schools in which large numbers of African American students are served. Although care is not always theological in nature, the type of care highlighted in their life narratives was termed pastoral as it resembled the care often exhibited by theological caretakers and in Black American churches, of which each participant was a member.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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