The freedom to be: African American women as public school superintendents

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Anita R. Brown (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Camille Wilson

Abstract: The purpose of this qualitative study is to enlighten, illuminate, and elucidate readers as to the worldviews of African American women in regards to their recruitment and retention to the public school superintendency. The question this study seeks to answer is whether African American women perceive recruitment and retention to the public school superintendency as intimately connected to gender, race, and social politics. Finally, this qualitative narrative study will explore from their perspectives what can be done to increase the recruitment and retention of African American women to the public school superintendency. In the following text, I discuss my conceptual framework which integrates historical and educational research literature with strands of Black feminist theory to consider key historical, cultural, and political factors that influence (and hinder) the recruitment and retention of African American superintendents, including the influences to the U.S. Civil Rights, the Black Feminist Movement, and the social politics of school districts.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
African American Women, Leadership, Recruitment, Retention, Superintendents
African American women school superintendents $x Recruiting $z United States $v Case studies
Educational leadership $x Social aspects $z United States $v Case studies
Employee retention $z United States $v Case studies

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