Date of Award
Master of Arts
This project addresses the teaching of the works of William Shakespeare in Iowa's secondary schools. The research questions addressed are as follows:
* Is Shakespeare still relevant in the twenty-first century secondary classroom?
* Are Iowa 7-12 teachers following national and international research in regards to the teaching of Shakespeare in their classrooms?
* How can teachers modify Shakespearean instruction to fit the needs of modern classrooms, focusing on the concept of differentiated instruction?
Nine current and recently retired Iowa secondary English teachers were interviewed as part of the study. It was concluded that Iowa teachers with mid-level experience (ten-nineteen years) were the most successful at including Shakespeare in their 7-12 curriculum and using the concepts of differentiated instruction when planning and executing their Shakespeare lessons.
Kendra Alon Breitsprecher
Breitsprecher, Kendra Alon, "Is love ever enough?: teaching Shakespeare at the secondary level" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 10961.