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The braid of teaching: Exploring the weave of elementary school contexts in an Appalachian school district


1999 1999

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation examines how elementary school teachers in a small rural district set between two state universities talked about the contextual elements that interacted with their teaching roles. The school district served a predominantly European American population, socio-economic ranging from middle-class to working class and some families living in poverty.

Fieldnotes collected during a year of teaching third grade in a small rural school, artifacts in the form of paper material collected in schools (e.g. memos, newsletters, handouts, etc.) as well as news articles, and interviews with twenty six participants, provided the data for this study. The interviews, mostly with elementary school teachers, were the focus of the research.

Findings make problematic the way most research conducted on elementary schools makes sense of school environments. Teachers described how processes within and external to their school environments entwined in a constantly changing manner. This inquiry raises questions about the impact of innovative programs, technology, the commodification of teachers' time and space and the hierarchical distribution of power in schools on teachers' work. It also reveals a lack of fit between the organization of schools and how they function. Finally, it shows problems with inquiry done by researchers positioned between public schools and research settings.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational sociology;
Elementary education
Classification
0340: Educational sociology
0524: Elementary education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Appalachian; Elementary school; School district; Teaching
Title
The braid of teaching: Exploring the weave of elementary school contexts in an Appalachian school district
Author
Ward, Randall A.
Number of pages
143
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0247
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542561573, 0542561573
Advisor
Nespor, Jan
University/institution
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University location
United States -- Virginia
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3208264
ProQuest document ID
304530773
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304530773
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