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Creating Cultures of Pedagogical Caring: Empowering Student Voice Through Historical Inquiry

Torquato, Stephen (2021) Creating Cultures of Pedagogical Caring: Empowering Student Voice Through Historical Inquiry. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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In high school settings, the social-emotional needs of students are often seen as a minor focus of attention while secondary curricula and standards are the major areas of interest. Considering recent events related to the pandemic, I suggest that the demand for attending to students’ social-emotional needs through demonstrations of caring is more necessary than ever. This study is designed to provide teachers with tools/data to support student-centered approaches in their classrooms that address students’ social-emotional needs, their interaction with pedagogical caring, and their engagement and learning through instructional approaches that elicit student agency and voice within a culture of caring.

To test the impact of an emphasis on students’ social-emotional needs, this study focuses on the implementation of the Think & Link activity, which provides a forum for students’ agency as well as a context for students’ learning and use of historical thinking practices. Specifically, this study hopes to measure how attempts to engage student voice and agency through Think & Link result in a change in students’ perceptions of caring in my classroom, how students engage with the Think & Link process, and how that engagement was reflected in their learning and use of specific historical thinking practices.

The results of this study find that the Think & Link activity served as a crucial nexus for change in students’ perceptions of caring in the classroom, and a development in their social emotional learning. On this basis, the implementation of student-centered activities, focused on increasing pedagogical caring, should be considered when supporting students at the secondary level.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Torquato, Stephentorquato@pitt.edutorquato
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKucan, Lindalkucan@pitt.edulkucan
Committee MemberRainey, Emilyemily.rainey@pitt.eduerainey
Committee MemberPrevite,
Date: 31 August 2021
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 15 June 2021
Approval Date: 31 August 2021
Submission Date: 24 July 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 88
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: caring education, cultures of caring, student-centered practices, student voice, social-emotional learning
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2021 17:42
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 17:42


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