Date of Graduation

Summer 2016


Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education


Childhood Education and Family Studies

Committee Chair

Cynthia Wilson


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

Subject Categories

Elementary Education and Teaching


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.


© Chelsea Nicole Wallace

Open Access