Important experiences and career patterns of black superintendents in Indiana school districts

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Henson-Governor, Deborah M.
McElhinney, James H.
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Department of Educational Leadership
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This research examined the important experiences and career patterns of Black superintendents in Indiana school districts. The study helps in understanding some of the conditions that Black superintendents face in their leadership endeavors in Indiana. The study included a review of related literature on Black superintendents and their experiences in the field of educational administration in 1995-1996 and the years immediately preceding 1995-1996. The literature review summarized the limited amount of available evidence and revealed the need for current research in the area of Black superintendents. Five Black superintendents, two females and three males, were studied using qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, including face-to-face taped interviews. The study emphasizes the importance of research about Black superintendents and the need for more Black educational administrators.