Date of Graduation

Summer 2016

Degree

Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education

Department

Childhood Education and Family Studies

Committee Chair

Cynthia Wilson

Keywords

year-round education, year-round school, modified school calendar, traditional school calendar, progressive school model, teacher perceptions

Subject Categories

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

This qualitative study investigated potential perceptions of educators from a Southwest Missouri school district regarding a transition from a traditional school calendar to a year-round school structure. Through semi-structured interviews, reflective field notes, and researcher observations, this study descriptively interpreted data from nine individual interviews. Analysis provided a comprehensive review of the salient themes uncovered in hope of informing the affected district and those interested in current teacher perceptions of this educational change and acting as a catalyst for further dialogue surrounding the concept of year-round education. In this study, participating educators indicated their favor of year-round education as an option for their district by providing elaborative answers to ten open-ended questions. I am also an employee of the district and describe my reflections and personal connections regarding this complex concept that had the potential to affect the lives of everyone in the community.

Copyright

© Chelsea Nicole Wallace

Open Access

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