Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1990

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Education

First Advisor

E. Ann Thompson

Second Advisor

Richard D. Warren

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9180

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Joane Williams McKay

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9101369

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

204 pages

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