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Native American women leaders' use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for work-life balance (WLB) and capacity building

, Pepperdine University, United States

Pepperdine University . Awarded


Native American women's leadership, information communication technologies (ICTs), work-life balance (WLB) and human capacity building (HCB) are grounded in social justice issues due to their long history of overall cultural decimation, inequitable access to technology, monetary resources, and social power (agency), and influence. Currently, there is a lack of research regarding Native American women leaders' use of ICTs for WLB and HCB. Thus, the purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study is to explore ways in which ICTs can enrich Native American women's leadership aptitude, work-life balance, and overall capabilities. Grounded in Giele's (2008) life course research and President Obama's (U.S. White House, 2011) recently signed, "The Executive Order (13592) on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities". This order reasserts his cradle to career (Galbraith, 2012) commitment to all Native Americans and Alaskan Indians, this study seeks to answer the following research questions: How are Native American women leaders utilizing ICTs for WLB and capacity building. To answer these questions, narrative life-story framework (Giele 2008; Weber, 2010) based interviews were be conducted and coded for the following themes: Identity, adaptive style, and ICT use. The researcher's intent is to help bridge the existing literature gap and potentially inform culturally ICT use for Native American and global Indigenous women's WLB and capacity-building to empower their efforts for preserving and revitalizing their culture.

Keywords: Native American, global, Indigenous, women, leaders, information communication technology, education technologies, learning technologies, ICTs, work-life balance, WLB, capacity building, cultural preservation and revitalization


Jensen, C.C. Native American women leaders' use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for work-life balance (WLB) and capacity building. Ph.D. thesis, Pepperdine University. Retrieved August 3, 2021 from .

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