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- 1. RURAL AFRICAN AMERICAN ADMINISTRATOR CAREER TRAJECTORIES A Dissertation Defense by Rhodena Townsell January 26, 2009 Chair: William Allan Kritsonis, Ph.D.
- 2. Committee Members
- William Allan Kritsonis, Ph.D.
- ( Dissertation Chair)
- David Herrington, Ph.D. Camille Gibson, Ph.D.
- (Member) (Member)
- Donald Collins, Ph.D.
- 3. Dissertation Defense Format
- Purpose of the Study
- Research Questions
- Conceptual Framework
- Major Findings
- Recommendations for Further Study
- 4. Purpose of the Study
- The purpose of this study was to describe
- factors that influence the career trajectories
- of successful rural African American
- administrators. Literature suggests that aspiring
- school leaders may gain insight from the
- experiences of others that will result in a better
- understanding of the diverse career pathways
- toward successful school leadership (Crenshaw,
- 5. Research Questions
- 1. What childhood and academic experiences, including
- encouragements and barriers, influence the career pathways of
- rural African American administrators?
- 2. What work experiences, including encouragements and barriers,
- Influence the career pathways of rural African American
- 3. What characteristics of rural African American administrators
- appear to influence their career pathways?
- 6. Conceptual Framework 12/24/10
- 7. Conceptual Framework Supporting Literature
- This framework was constructed because traditional
- models in leadership are developed by using mostly
- Caucasian males and should not be generalized for
- other groups of individuals (Kezar & Moriarty, 2000).
- Theodore Kowalski, an authority in the area of
- educational administration, relates that other groups of
- individuals experience the world in their own unique
- way (Valverde & Brown (1988) cited in Kowalski, 2003).
- 8. Method
- Qualitative Descriptive Study
- Data was collected in the form of Structured Personal Interviews
- A review of literature was the basis for preliminary theme identification
- Member Checking was utilized to give the interview participants an opportunity to review and clarify their responses to the interview questions
- Data was reduced and extracted by clustering and marginal coding (Fraenkel & Wallen, 2006; Miles & Huberman, 1994)
- Microsoft Word was used as the transcribing tool
- 9. Method
- An 80% response rate was collected from the 20 Texas Regional
- Education Service Centers & the Texas Alliance of Black School
- Educators (TABSE) by Snowball Sampling .
- A Population of 17 African American administrators from eight
- remote Texas Rural Systemic Initiative (TRSI) school districts was
- discovered. Five of the districts were located in East Texas, Two
- in West Texas, and one in Central Texas.
- A total of seven individuals agreed to participate in the study. One
- was interviewed for the pilot study and the remaining six became
- the sample .
- 10. Method
- A Pilot Study was conducted using the interview questions from
- the dissertation, Small Missouri Public School Female
- Superintendent Career Stories (Benson, 2006).
- Prior to the study, the words superintendent and
- superintendency were replaced with the words administrator and
- administrative and the word gender was replaced with word race.
- The word Missouri was replaced with the word Texas.
- After the pilot study, the first question was divided into two
- separate questions because of the lengthy nature of the response
- necessary for the first half of the question. Questions 7 and 8 were
- added to the instrument to obtain information to answer research
- question 3. All changes to the interview instrument were reported to
- the IRB.
- 11. Method
- Interview Questions
- 1. Would you tell me about your childhood?
- 2. Would you tell me about your educational background?
- 3. How long have you been in the education field? How long as an administrator?
- 4. What motivated you to want to become an administrator?
- 5. What pathways or guiding compasses did you take to obtain your position?
- 6. In seeking an administrative position, do you think
- there were or are race specific career pathways or
- guiding compasses?
- 12. Method
- 7. What things inspire and renew you?
- 8. Do you prefer to work in a rural setting? If so why?
- 9. Do you have any recommendations for aspiring rural
- African American administrators about the career
- pathways or guiding compasses they need to take to
- obtain an administrative position in a rural Texas
- public school?
- 10. Is there any other information that you would like to add?
- 13. Major Findings
- Rural African American Administrator Population by Gender
- Administrators Males Females
- Superintendents 0 1
- Assistant Superintendents 1 0
- Principals 5 5
- Assistant Principals 2 2
- Program Coordinators 0 1
- 14. Major Findings
- Sample Administrators by Job Assignment
- Administrators Frequency
- Superintendents 1
- Principals 3
- Assistant Principals 1
- Program Coordinators 1
- 15. Major Findings Emerging Themes
- D etermined to Do Well
- I solated yet
- R urally Connected
- E nduring
- C ommunicators of Discipline
- T rusting in the Will of God
- 16. Major Findings Emerging Theme One Research Question One: What childhood and academic experiences, including encouragements and barriers, influence the career pathways of rural African American administrators? D etermination to Do Well
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