Term of Award

Winter 2002

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Committee Chair

Cathy S. Jording

Committee Member 1

Michael D. Richardson

Committee Member 2

T. C. Chan

Committee Member 3

Dorothy Battle


The purpose of this study was to investigate the lived experiences of 14 African American women principals in Georgia This study allowed the participants to articulate their experiences as they reflected upon their thought, perceptions, and attitudes relative to their professional life and the affect that race, gender, class, and culture played on their roles as principal.

The evidence of previous research on African American women principals revealed few studies focused on the relationship between African American women and their skills and tools of knowledge as they related to their roles as principal, styles of leadership, upward mobility, and career aspirations The primary focus of those studies was on the way these women have dealt externally with their role as African American principals. While those studies were significant to the scholarly community as well as to practitioners, there was a need to investigate and examine the internal conflicts of African American women principals.

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