A Descriptive Study of the Cultural Awareness of Parochial Elementary School Leaders

Luz Teresa Torres Vega, Fordham University


Catholic elementary school enrollment has become more culturally and linguistically diverse, yet school leaders remain primarily White and female. This study explored the cultural awareness of urban elementary parochial school leaders as it pertained to students who come from culturally diverse backgrounds. It was conducted in a totally urban diocese in New York with an enrollment of culturally and linguistically diverse students that increased dramatically in the past 18 years. The research employed a descriptive, quantitative methodology that utilized a survey created by the researcher: Parochial School Leaders’ Cultural Awareness Survey (PSLCAS). Three hypotheses framed the study: 1. Parochial elementary school leaders will score 3.0 or better on the PSLCAS; 2. The cultural awareness of female parochial elementary school leaders will be greater than male school leaders; 3. The cultural awareness level of parochial elementary school leaders who have experienced discrimination will be greater than school leaders who have not experienced discrimination. The discussion of the key findings was presented in relation to (a) the quantitative responses of the Catholic school leaders to the three hypotheses and (b) the three interlocking concepts of the theoretical framework. This research was a pioneering 21st century effort, since only two related studies on Catholic urban education and cultural awareness were conducted and those were 43 years ago.

Subject Area

Educational leadership

Recommended Citation

Torres Vega, Luz Teresa, "A Descriptive Study of the Cultural Awareness of Parochial Elementary School Leaders" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10823793.