Date of Defense



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Gunilla Holm

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Farber

Third Advisor

Dr. David Dynak


This is an ethnographic study of the development of a classroom culture in an elementary school. The focus is a second grade classroom team-taught by two experienced teachers. The teachers were willing to be observed for the first six weeks of the school year to promote research on building a classroom culture. The goal of this study is to gain a better understanding of the dynamics involved in creating a climate for effective learning immediately from the beginning of the school year. The culture that developed over my six weeks of observation was unique in the sense that it resembled a home environment. It was complete with two parent-like figure heads, a classroom arrangement that resembled a living room, a semblance of order, and a climate of mutual respect for students as individuals and as part of the community of learners in the classroom.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only