Characteristics and obstacles: The rise of African American male principals in Texas

dc.contributor.advisorGarza, Encarnación
dc.contributor.authorBlack, Willie James
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMurakami-Ramalho, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRodríguez, Mariela A.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSmith, Page A.
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dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of African American males and the obstacles they experience on their path to the principalship. A secondary purpose, but very important as well, was to analyze critically the experiences of successful African American male principals to help inform the preparation of principals who lead organizations of diverse demographics. Investigating this area also contributes to the much-needed educational discourse of African American male attitudes, beliefs, and life experiences as principals in education today and how they are meeting the needs of a growing multicultural population. The researcher utilized qualitative methodology in conducting research. The researcher also used a phenomenological research design for this study. Phenomenological research is an empirical inquiry that investigates a contemporary phenomenon within its real-life context using multiple sources of evidence. To select participants, the researcher used a purposive sampling method. The participant sampling was also a sampling of convenience, as the researcher tried to find participants located within the same county of the researcher's residence. The principals were the primary units of analysis, and it was the intent of this study to delve into the lives of the participants to gain a better understanding of the barriers and obstacles they had to overcome to become principals. The findings revealed six common themes that emerged from the data: (a) transformational leadership characteristics, (b) learning for all, (c) minority role models, (d) societal perceptions of African American principals, (e) barriers of African American principals, and (f) principal influence.
dc.description.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studies
dc.format.extent189 pages
dc.subjectAfrican American males
dc.subject.classificationEducational leadership
dc.subject.classificationEducational administration
dc.subject.classificationBlack studies
dc.subject.classificationAfrican American studies
dc.titleCharacteristics and obstacles: The rise of African American male principals in Texas
dcterms.accessRightspq_closed Leadership and Policy Studies of Texas at San Antonio of Education


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