Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
E. Ann Thompson
Richard D. Warren
The purpose of this case study was to construct an in-depth description of the ethos of three Iowa Teachers of the Year. Using an inductive analysis, the researcher describes the attitudes, values, and beliefs of key individuals who influenced the Teachers' of the Year in their teaching and the ecological characteristics of the classroom that influence their attitudes, values, and beliefs. On-site observations, interviews, and artifacts were the data used to generate five empirical assertions about the ethos of the Iowa Teachers of the Year;The ethos of these award-winning teachers may be described as an antithesis of what has been described earlier by researchers as the ethos of the classroom teacher (individual, conservative, and present-oriented). Results from the interpretation of the data revealed that Teachers of the Year: (1) are influenced in their attitudes, values, and beliefs about teaching primarily by their parents; (2) are committed to student success and have high expectations for their students; (3) indicate that support systems are non-existent in the teaching profession; (4) believe that community expectations contribute to their excellence; and (5) exemplify polite treatment of all students.
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Joane Williams McKay
McKay, Joane Williams, "Iowa teachers of the year: a case study " (1990). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 9458.