Date of Defense
Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
Dr. Gunilla Holm
Dr. Paul Farber
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.
Schroeder, Melissa L., "Establishing a Classroom Culture" (1998). Honors Theses. 1384.
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