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ERIC Number: EJ974583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8731
Giving Back: An Analysis of Motivations of Aspiring American Indian/Alaska Native School Leaders
Vogel, Linda R.; Rude, Harvey
Journal of American Indian Education, v50 n2 p24-43 2011
This study examines the motivations of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) educators currently enrolled in an educational leadership preparation program aspiring to educational leadership positions within AI/AN communities. Understanding the motivation of AI/AN educators to become school leaders may assist in increasing the pool of AI/AN school leaders by reframing the concept of leadership used in preparation programs in terms of moral service to Native schools and communities. Responses from 29 AI/AN educators enrolled in a master's degree program leading to principal and special education director licensure and 21 non-AI/AN educators in identical courses were qualitatively analyzed to determine emerging themes and epistemological views in this study. Embracing critical theory and hermeneutic epistemologies, themes of serving as an AI/AN role model, integration of culture into curriculum, mentoring of other educators, and community involvement emerged from responses. The implications of the study's findings are discussed from the perspectives of culturally responsive educational systems.
Center for Indian Education. Arizona State University, College of Education, P.O. Box 871311, Tempe, AZ 95287-1311. Tel: 480-965-6292; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska