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Stories Shared and Lessons Learned: Using Currere to Explore Veteran Elementary Teacher Narratives of Teaching in an Accountability Era
Bolyard, Chloe S

2016, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
Accountability policies (i.e., No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top) in education over the last two decades have produced a culture of fear and anxiety, undermined teacher autonomy over curriculum and instruction, and pressured teachers to focus on raising student test scores, resulting in a narrowing of the curriculum. The purpose of this study was to seek a clearer understanding of how teachers narrate what it means to them to be a teacher in the midst of various accountability reforms. More specifically, the intent was to understand the unique narratives of five veteran elementary teachers’ experiences. Situated within an interpretivist discourse of research in general and Deweyan pragmatism in particular, this qualitative study employed an adaptation of Pinar’s (1976) theory and method of currere to make sense of teachers’ narratives. Data collection involved interviews and classroom observations. While findings echoed in part the extant literature, this study elucidated a number of unique contributions related to both the perspectives of veteran elementary teachers and the use of currere resulting in implications for practice and research.
Thomas Poetter (Advisor)
Kathleen Knight Abowitz (Committee Member)
Lucian Szlizewski (Committee Member)
Sheri Leafgren (Committee Member)
214 p.

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Bolyard, Chloe. "Stories Shared and Lessons Learned: Using Currere to Explore Veteran Elementary Teacher Narratives of Teaching in an Accountability Era." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Miami University, 2016. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 17 Oct 2017.

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