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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Earp, Mary Lisa
URN etd-08232007-112613
Title A portrait of grace: teaching for meaningfulness in school settings
Degree PhD
Department Curriculum and Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Niles, Jerome A. Committee Chair
Graham, Joyce L. Committee Member
Kelly, Patricia Proudfoot Committee Member
Magliaro, Susan G. Committee Member
Wildman, Terry M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • family atmosphere
  • authentic activity
  • school setting
  • therefore teacher
  • graceful teacher
Date of Defense 1996-04-03
Availability restricted
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore teaching for meaningfulness in a school setting. I feel that a better understanding of teaching for meaningfulness can support the practice of teachers who desire to teach for meaningfulness.

I elected to do a case study using qualitative methods while focusing for five months on a teacher's literacy program. Through this look at the everyday life of one public school teacher and her class a picture of an exemplary example of teaching for meaningfulness could be painted. Interviews, fieldnotes, journals, observations, various site artifacts, and a brief teacher autobiography comprised the primary data collection sources. Informants included a third grade teacher, eighteen third grade students, and a school language arts coordinator.

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