Unveiling the Unmarked Implications for Culturally Responsive Educational Leadership

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Teaching and Leadership


Theoharis, George


cultural responsiveness, diversity, educational equity

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Leadership


Rural schools settings create learning and working environments that are different in many ways compared to urban school settings and require a specific approach as to how rural education is delivered. Rural educational leadership may also vary from urban educational leadership. Therefore, this research focused on rural educational leadership in predominately White rural school settings. The qualitative study explored the ways Whiteness exists within White school leaders' practices in predominately White rural PK-12 public education. The purpose of the research sought to unveil how the effects of Whiteness impacted educational leadership initiatives involving diversity, equity and cultural responsiveness in rural settings as analyzed through the critical Whiteness theoretical framework. The findings revealed a lack of culturally responsive leadership initiatives and understanding towards establishing culturally responsive learning environments. The study's recommendations focus on prioritizing cultural responsiveness to eradicate educational inequities through social justice efforts.


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