Capstone/Dissertation Title

A journey into the culture of differentiation: encouraging change through a reflective model of staff development

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, will my reflective study have an impact on whether teachers embrace the idea of differentiation? Differentiated instruction is when a teacher responds to a child's individual needs. The purpose of differentiated instruction is to achieve maximum growth and individual success by starting each student where he or she is and helping them through the learning process. This capstone documents the author's experiences while implementing research-based strategies and research into her classroom practices culminating in a Power Point presentation to the staff ultimately hoping to have educators embrace change. Key influences included, peers, educator-family members, current and past students, differentiated instruction trainings, authors such as Tomlinson, Nunley, and Heacox, etc. The results of this research were positive but ultimately change resides within each teacher.

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