Capstone/Dissertation Title

How experienced teachers build classroom community

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how do experienced teachers build classroom community? It documents the experiences of five experienced teachers as they describe in their own words how they think they build a successful learning community. The project utilizes the work of Noddings as a base for what community is. Also cited are Schaps, Lewis & Watson who have studied classroom community formation and academic advantages of classroom community. Five teachers were interviewed. The teachers must have taught for over five years. The teachers were selected across age levels having experience teaching preschool through high school age level. The community building themes that emerged in the interviews as having positive impact on classroom community formation were: trust, sharing, preparation and routine, school community, parents, using a roadblock, passing the torch, adjusting to age.

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