Date of Award

8-2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (to 2007)

First Advisor

Dr. Van Cooley

Abstract

In this qualitative study, interviews were conducted with seven Black male school administrators in the Michigan school district who held the position of assistant principal or principal. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of Black male school administrators in Michigan school districts. The interviews were recorded and transcribed. Using a phenomenological approach the participant responses were codified, grouped, and analyzed for emergent themes. Five themes emerged as a result of the data analysis: (1) Colleague support is a key mechanism in the success of Black male school administrators. (2) Parental involvement is important in the success of Black male school administrators. (3) Connection to the community is important in the success of Black male school administrators. (4) Support of higher administration is critical to the success of Black male school administrators. (5) Access to adequate resources is important to the success of Black male school administrators.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access