African-Canadian educators’ perspectives: Critical factors for success


  • Maureen Finlayson Cape Breton University


This study investigates the perspectives of African-Canadian educators on critical factors for success in their educational careers. Interviews were conducted and life histories were constructed to analyze the complex and multifaceted nature of the experiences of ten African-Canadian educators. These data indicate that family and community support, rigorous academic qualifications, role modeling, and the establishment of strong interpersonal relationships have been significant influences on the participants’ success. The author suggests that an improved understanding about African-Canadian educators’ lived experiences hold implications for all educators in their teaching approaches and for student learning.

Keywords : African Canadian, educators, success, role modeling, self-determination

Author Biography

Maureen Finlayson, Cape Breton University

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Department of Education

Assistant Professor



How to Cite

Finlayson, M. (2012). African-Canadian educators’ perspectives: Critical factors for success. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 34(4), 86–103. Retrieved from