Exploring the Role of the School Principal in Predominantly White Middle Schools
School Leadership to Promote Multicultural Understanding
By detailing an explanatory sequential mixed methods study grounded in Critical Race Theory (CRT), this book explores the role of effective educational leadership in developing multicultural acceptance in predominantly white schools.
Drawing on the rich experiences and accounts of school principals in rural middle schools in the US, the volume asks how principals’ personal attitudes, professional experiences, and the degree to which they view themselves as a mentor and influencer within the school impacts their approach to improving multicultural understanding amongst students, staff, and faculty. The text is organized into five clear chapters, providing critical reflections, a review of the relevant literature, and in-depth discussion of first-hand data. Six key findings relating to whole-school acceptance, the role of individual principal’s attitudes, and support for teaching staff open new avenues for research and inform recommendations for the professional development of school principals.
In presenting key theory and practical implications of research, this book will be crucial reading for researchers, scholars, and practitioners in the fields of educational leadership, multicultural education, sociology of education, and teacher education.
Table of Contents
1. Critical Reflections as a White Teacher and Researcher in Predominantly White Settings 2. Understanding the Role of Educational Leadership in Promoting Multicultural Understanding 3. Researching Principals Attitudes and Efforts to Promote Multicultural Understandings 4. Applying Critical Race Theory to Findings: Practical and Theoretical Implications 5. Next Steps in Schooling, Leadership, and Research
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin is Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University, USA.