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Chekan, Tina (2014) EARLY ADOLESCENTS’ INTERPRETATIONS OF TEACHER CARE. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Empirical research suggests that teacher care is critical to the success of adolescents in the classroom (Knowles & Brown, 2004). Moreover, teachers’ pedagogical approaches to practice can either promote or complicate meaningful student experiences and affect how students perceive those experiences. Therefore, it is important to understand how students perceive specific adolescent-teacher pedagogical transactions in relation to teacher care. The purpose of this exploratory study was to understand the transactions between students and a teacher in the classroom that emerged from the pedagogical practices that early adolescents perceived as a form of teacher care. This investigation focused on how early adolescents made sense of the pedagogical transactions depicted from their classroom in minimally-edited video clips. Six classrooms, grades 4-8, viewed video clips from instructional segments. Early adolescents participated in co-generative dialogues to discuss their perceptions of the transactions that occurred during the videos. The data from the co-generative dialogues were analyzed case by case and across cases. The following themes were identified as important components of the pedagogical transactions: high expectations, attunement, trust, dialogue, autonomy support, and feedback. The findings from this study can be posited as useful to support professional development, effective teaching and learning practices, and educational policy.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Chekan, Tinatrc35@pitt.eduTRC35
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWallace, Tannertwallace@pitt.eduTWALLACE
Committee MemberKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.eduMMKERR
Committee MemberGunzenhauser, Michaelmgunzen@pitt.eduMGUNZEN
Committee MemberLozosky,
Date: 31 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 November 2013
Approval Date: 31 January 2014
Submission Date: 7 December 2013
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 176
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: pedagogical transactions
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 06:15


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