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Teacher Education and Professional Development

2004

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Selected Perceptions Of Second Career Novice Teachers, Lucile Faulkner Maples Dec 2004

Selected Perceptions Of Second Career Novice Teachers, Lucile Faulkner Maples

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this qualitative study was to gain insight into the perceptions that second career novice teachers have about their preservice training and their preparedness for taking on the challenges of teaching during their first semester as “real” teachers. Through an increased understanding of novice teachers’ perceptions and experiences, teacher educators may be better equipped to structure preservice learning that is both relevant and meaningful for teacher education candidates.

Four second career novice teachers were involved in this study that spanned the first semester of teaching after their graduation from a fifteen-month alternative program. Qualitative methods of data collection ...


A Survey Of High School English Teachers To Determine Their Knowledge, Use, And Attitude Related To Young Adult Literature In The Classroom, Jennifer L. Claiborne Aug 2004

A Survey Of High School English Teachers To Determine Their Knowledge, Use, And Attitude Related To Young Adult Literature In The Classroom, Jennifer L. Claiborne

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to discover as much as possible about high school English teacher’s knowledge, attitude, and use of young adult literature in the classroom. It examined the young adult literature books that teachers use in the classroom. It also looked at teachers’ opinions about using young adult literature in the classroom. Finally, it examined whether or not teachers belonged to certain professional affiliations.

A mail survey approach was used to data collection. The sample for this study consisted of high school English teachers from 12 different schools. Of the 138 teachers who were contacted, 94 ...


The Effects Of Participation In Extracurricular Activities On The Mean Grade Point Average Of High School Students In A Rural Setting, Anthony Brian Watkins Aug 2004

The Effects Of Participation In Extracurricular Activities On The Mean Grade Point Average Of High School Students In A Rural Setting, Anthony Brian Watkins

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of participation in extracurricular activities (band, drama, student council and vocational clubs) on the mean grade point average (GPA) of students at one rural high school located in the South. Male and female students (n=3,274) who were enrolled in the academic program from 1997-2002 were categorized into one of the following four groups: interscholastic athletics only, co-curricular activities only, both co-curricular activities and interscholastic athletics, and no extracurricular activities.

Differences in mean GPAs of the various extracurricular activity groups by gender were tested with a One-way Analysis of ...


Relationships Among Orthographic Measures And Reading Achievement, Margaret Scruggs Wood Aug 2004

Relationships Among Orthographic Measures And Reading Achievement, Margaret Scruggs Wood

Masters Theses

As participants in an after school tutoring program, 29 second through fifth graders were administered subtests designed to measure visual processing and memory skills: Orthography, Visual Discrimination, Sound Symbol Learning, Letter Memory: Visual, and Rapid Symbol Naming from the Test of Dyslexia (McCallum & Bell, 2001); and Picture Recognition and Visual-Auditory Learning from the Woodcock-Johnson III-Cognitive Battery (WJIII; Woodcock, McGrew & Mather, 2001). Subtest scores were obtained from administration of achievement measures: Letter-Word Calling, Fluency, Passage Comprehension, and Spelling (Test of Dyslexia); Letter-Word Identification, Reading Fluency, Comprehension, and Spelling (WJIII-Achievement Battery); and the Test of Silent Word Reading Fluency (Mather, Hamill, Allen & Roberts, 2004). Zero-order correlational analyses were employed to demonstrate the relationships among the orthographic and achievement variables. Orthography, Letter Memory: Visual, and Rapid ...


The Perspectives Of Teachers On The Reciprocal Relationship Of Tutoring And Teaching, Debra Jean Coffey May 2004

The Perspectives Of Teachers On The Reciprocal Relationship Of Tutoring And Teaching, Debra Jean Coffey

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the perspective of teachers concerning the relationship between tutoring and teaching. This study was conducted with teachers who participated in a university reading practicum, Reading Education 539, to see how their tutorial experience influenced their teaching. Interview protocols and focus group questions were designed to determine whether they were using reading strategies in their classroom that they used in the tutoring context and to discover how their teaching experiences shaped their tutorial experience. Archival data from the tutorial files, including lesson plans and reflective notes compiled by the participants in ...


The Health Related Behaviors And Attitudes Of Student Nurses, Maribeth Vowell May 2004

The Health Related Behaviors And Attitudes Of Student Nurses, Maribeth Vowell

Doctoral Dissertations

Nurses are an important component of primary medical care, and patient education is a common and important role of most nurses. Patient education and positive role modeling by nurses have the potential to influence patients’ life style choices and the serious diseases that may be affected by those choices. A greater understanding of the ways nurses think about their own health could help facilitate healthier choices for them and in their patients. The purpose of this inquiry was to examine the experiences, attitudes and beliefs of student nurses related to their personal health, and to investigate those experiences, attitudes and ...


Teachers' Attitudes And Perceptions Of Multicultural And Diversity Awareness In Elementary Schools, Joy Lynne James May 2004

Teachers' Attitudes And Perceptions Of Multicultural And Diversity Awareness In Elementary Schools, Joy Lynne James

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine how teachers perceived teaching multicultural students and their own training toward teaching multicultural children. The aim of this study was to determine whether to what extent those perceptions could be attributed to teacher training, multicultural curriculum, and teacher attitudes and perceptions of multicultural and diversity awareness. The research design included a quantitative inquiry. A questionnaire was given to 50 elementary teachers from 5 schools who taught second and fifth grade. The questionnaire attempted to measure teachers attitudes and perceptions of cultural and diversity awareness.

While teachers' general attitudes toward cultural diversity were ...


The Stories Readers Remember: An Interview Study Of The Enduring Effects Of Literature, Carolyn Roberts Boswell May 2004

The Stories Readers Remember: An Interview Study Of The Enduring Effects Of Literature, Carolyn Roberts Boswell

Doctoral Dissertations

This interview study explores the legacy of the reading experiences of adults. The researcher, working from a constructivist paradigm, seeks to answer these two questions: (a) What are the characteristics of stories that participants remember, and (b) how do participants say these stories affect their thinking, their character, their worldview?

Eight participants, volunteers and referrals, were interviewed about their memories of their reading experiences. After each initial interview, the researcher read some of the literature cited by the participant as personally significant. A follow-up interview focused on the participant’s response to the literature cited.

The researcher used a typological ...


An Analysis Of The Elementary Social Studies Methods Courses-Initial Preparation Programs-In Colleges And Universities In The Southeastern United States, Jeanine Renea Emory May 2004

An Analysis Of The Elementary Social Studies Methods Courses-Initial Preparation Programs-In Colleges And Universities In The Southeastern United States, Jeanine Renea Emory

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to examine elementary Social Studies methods courses as taught in teacher education programs in the Southeastern United States. Ninety-nine colleges and universities were identified to use in the study. The survey instrument was a mailed questionnaire created by the researcher. The questionnaire sought to find the extent to which music, creative writing, drama, and/or storytelling were used in the elementary Social Studies teacher preparation courses at each university surveyed, to what extent each instructor had over course design, and what types of instructional strategies/media other than music, creative writing, drama, and/or ...


A Study Of The Perceptions Of Job Satisfaction Of General And Special Education Teachers In Selected Georgia Elementary Schools Implementing The Inclusion Model, Jonathan Edward Willard May 2004

A Study Of The Perceptions Of Job Satisfaction Of General And Special Education Teachers In Selected Georgia Elementary Schools Implementing The Inclusion Model, Jonathan Edward Willard

Doctoral Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to investigate perceptions of job satisfaction of general and special education teachers. Full-time teachers in grades K-5 in 26 randomly selected Georgia elementary schools were surveyed. Differences in job satisfaction were measured through the use of the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire – Short Form (MSQ) and a descriptive survey accompanying it. Differences in responses based on the descriptors were analyzed using the Mann Whitney U and multivariate analysis of variance at a confidence level of .05.

General education teachers reported greater levels of satisfaction than special education teachers on the MSQ scales of Achievement, Social Status ...