ERIC Number: ED466460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-3
Death, Grief and Loss in Classrooms: Teachers' Stories.
This study examined the effects of death on teachers' lives, noting the ways in which teachers knew what to do for their students and themselves when a death occurred. The study investigated the effects of one high school student's death on four teachers and examined how they experienced that death personally and professionally. Through 3 interviews over 18 months, teachers told their stories about the incident and how it impacted them. The first two interviews, held within weeks of the student's death and at the end of that school term, were individual interviews. Participants told the story of the death, its impact on them, their own training or lack of training in coping with death in a school context, supports within the school community, and their own follow-up work with students. The final interview was a group discussion of the death held after the first anniversary of the death. Teachers' stories revealed their curricular decisions and the work they engaged in with students. Despite their concerns and fears, they all chose to take care of their students with compassion. Teachers provided time and space for students to discuss their experiences with death and grief. (Contains 26 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Coping, Death, Grief, High Schools, Personal Narratives, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
For full text: http://edtech.connect.msu.edu/searchaera2002/viewproposaltext.asp?propID=1224.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).