The growing diversity of multi-cultural student populations in public schools coupled
with the persistent challenge of narrowing the racial achievement gap raises questions
about the preparedness of educational leaders to meet the needs of their diverse student
population. Educational leaders are facing the challenge of responding to the needs of
their diverse student population without systemic strategies, knowledge, and skills
necessary to succeed in multi-cultural schools. This study was designed to investigate
the level of intercultural sensitivity of a group of educational leaders in a Northern
Minnesota school district as measured by the Intercultural Development Inventory
(IDI). In this study, the placement of educational leaders in the Minimization stage
means that they were in a transitional stage from ethnocentrism to ethnorelativism.
However, the results of this study indicated that a well planned training can
significantly develop the intercultural competence of educational leaders. Findings from
this study also demonstrated a significant disparity between the actual Developmental
level and the Perceived level of intercultural competence of the participants. This could mean an overestimated and unrealistic view about the participants’ ability to effectively
handle the increasing diversity of student population. Overall, demographic and
background variables were not found to be significantly related to the level of
intercultural competence. However, some significant relations were reported between
these variables and some of the IDI subscale scores.
University of Minnesota Ed.D. dissertation. May 2012. Major: Educational Policy and Administration. Advisors: Joyce A. Strand, Julia M. Williams. 1 computer file (PDF); ix, 167 pages.
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