Capstone/Dissertation Title

Grief education for teachers

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this qualitative project was: What knowledge base is described in state and national standards for initial teacher licensure that can help teachers support/facilitate student's academic needs following a death? The key influence in this capstone was the writer's observation of teacher's discomfort when dealing with students who are grieving following a death or tragedy in their lives. This observation is supported by the work of Reid and Dixon (1999) who also documented high levels of teacher discomfort in dealing with student grief. Document analysis was used to pinpoint what standards are in place to train teachers about grieving students when they are prepared to enter the classroom. The lack of explicit standards related to grief education supports the need for professional development in this area and possible standard revision. Professional development could be in the form of workshops, seminars, and in-service meetings.

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