Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

Early Childhood Education

Date of Award

5-2010

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Pamela Evanshen

Committee Members

Amy Malkus, Kimberly Hale

Abstract

This is a descriptive phenomenological study of a 3rd grade classroom in East Tennessee that was transformed in late spring 2009 to be consistent with principles incorporated in the 21st Century Model for Teaching and Learning and Educational Change (Evanshen, 2010). The objectives of this study were 1)to document the current physical and learning environment and 2)interview the participant regarding a classroom transformation in relation to teaching and learning. Methods of data collection included: interview questions related to the classroom environment pretransformation and posttransformation, observation field notes, and photographs of the current environment. In addition, archival photographs of the pretransformation environment were used in analysis of data. Data were gathered and systematically analyzed and then compared to recommended best teaching practices for early childhood. Based on findings, one can conclude that a classroom environment based on principles of the 21st Century Model for Teaching and Learning and Educational Change (Evanshen, 2010) enhances teacher attitude in relation to role of the environment in the teaching and learning process.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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