Religio-spirituality and the Leadership of Black Female Principals
Conclusion Meditations and Musings
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Meditations and Musings
It was so important to me to do this research in a way that felt right to me (Lorde, 1984, p. 38) and to complete it in a way that honored the spirituality and culture of Black women. I also wanted to join my love of the literature by and about Black women and the artistic nature of narrative.
The research glitch is never far from exploring and narrating the lives of others. But I suppose I should call this the researcher’s glitch. My dissertation chair provided lots of glitches but caused me to think deeply about the work that I was trying to do. The glitch was also caused by the dissonance I experienced while listening to my participants’ stories and measuring them against my own. In telling the stories of these principals, I had the unique positionality of being both an insider and an outsider. I found myself extremely connected to this work because I had a relationship with each participant. Yet, I was also connected because of my own knowledge and experience as a Black female religio-spiritual principal. Although I had long abandoned the Baptist congregation of my childhood for a nondenominational one, I still identified with the tenets of my youth and how they shaped what I thought about faith as an adult. ← 233 | 234 →
At times I found myself struggling to connect with some of the stories my participants told...
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