Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Teresa K. Buchanan
Janice M. Stuhlmann
The purpose of this study was to determine the personal and professional characteristics of six teachers who reported high developmentally appropriate beliefs and practices and six teachers who reported low developmentally appropriate beliefs and practices. The sample was identified using teachers' scores on a self-reported survey measure of developmentally appropriate practice based on the 1987 guidelines by NAEYC. Qualitative data were collected through interviews with open-ended questions. By providing an in-depth description as a literary portrait of each teacher, this study provides insight into the beliefs and practical knowledge that inform the teaching practices of 12 primary grade teachers. A cross-case analysis within each group revealed common themes of teacher autonomy, teacher efficacy, and teaching strategies. Personal and professional characteristics are differentiated between the groups and are considered to influence teacher beliefs and practice.
White, Veronica Faye, "Portraits of Teachers: The Professional and Personal Characteristics of Twelve Primary Teachers." (1999). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 6907.