Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2020

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education & Educational Psychology

First Advisor

Jody S. Piro, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Melissa Abramo, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Kevin Smith, Ed.D.

Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative, explorative multiple-case study was to explore participants’ perceptions on the impact of Habits of Mind on students. There was a total of 16 participants in the research study (n = 16). Eight of the participants were teachers (n =8) and eight of the participants were students (n = 8). The students in the junior class were selected to participate given that they have been exposed to Habits of Mind since the eighth grade and would attend the high school for another year if any follow up research were needed. The teachers of the junior class were selected to participate given that they had been familiar with and previously used Habits of Mind. The sampling procedure used in this study was a purposive sampling and involved two phases: The first phase of the study involved the purposive sample of teacher-participants. The second phase of the study involved the purposive sampling of student-participants. The case was bounded by the phenomenon of Habits of Mind. The cases were the eight teacher-participants who taught the junior class and eight student-participants in the junior class. The data collection techniques were comprised of focus group interviews for teacher-participants and student-participants, one-on-one interviews for teacher-participants and student-participants and student work sample documents. The data analysis involved two phases. The first phase involved open and axial coding. The second phase involved deductive analysis. The data were initially reviewed and analyzed for the formation of open codes. The open codes were grouped together into axial codes which were grouped into five categories which were then subsumed into three findings and their corresponding themes in order to gain a thorough understanding of the study.

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