Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Special Education and Literacy Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Luchara Wallace

Second Advisor

Dr. Shalia Rao

Third Advisor

Dr. Jennifer Sell


Vocabulary, elementary education, explicit instruction, phenomenological analysis, vocabulary research, elementary reading instruction


This study was warranted in order to deeply understand the exemplary teacher and the complexity of beliefs, challenges, and overall essence of vocabulary instruction in early elementary. By using an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis the study illuminates how exemplary second-grade teachers make meaning of their own daily experiences in relation to vocabulary instruction. Specifically, the study allows insight into the perceptions and daily actions that meet the needs of all students, with and without disabilities, through vocabulary instruction.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access