The Increasing Standardization of Curriculum and Instruction in Two Central-Iowa Elementary Schools and its Effect on Teacher Autonomy and Creativity

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dc.contributor.author Hood, Angie Palmer
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-07T19:04:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-07T19:04:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2092/1624
dc.description 1 online resource (117 leaves) en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative, phenomenographical study investigated the increasing standardization of curriculum and instruction and its affect on teacher autonomy and creativity. Surveys completed by 18 kindergarten through 5th grade teachers, from one central-Iowa, metrodistrict provided initial data. A small focus group conducted in a neighboring metrodistrict provided additional data. Coding and analyzing survey data and the focus group transcription, coupled with documentation reviews from both districts were performed and findings discovered. The two districts’ varied approaches to implementation of curriculum and instruction resulted in teachers’ differing opinions regarding daily teaching, how standards and standardization affected them, and their ability to teach within their own personal teaching philosophy. Results from this study indicated teacher autonomy and the freedom to be creative were adversely affected by increasing standardization of curriculum and instruction. The survey teachers struggled with professionalism, stress, and meeting the needs of the whole child, while the focus group teachers found their opportunities for teacher autonomy and creativity allowed them to teach within their philosophical beliefs and tend to the whole child. Implications and recommendations based on the study’s conclusions were suggested. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Drake University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Drake University, School of Education;2011
dc.subject Education, Elementary--Curricula--Standardization--Iowa en_US
dc.subject Education, Elementary--Instruction and study--Standardization--Iowa en_US
dc.subject Autonomy--Teachers--Education (Elementary)--Iowa en_US
dc.subject Creative ability--Teachers--Education (Elementary)--Iowa en_US
dc.title The Increasing Standardization of Curriculum and Instruction in Two Central-Iowa Elementary Schools and its Effect on Teacher Autonomy and Creativity en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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