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ERIC Number: ED550972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-1848-0
Teacher Accountability and Cultural Competence: A Phenomenological Study in Texas
Corporan, Tammy L. Chavez
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Phoenix
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study was to identify factors that contribute to teachers' feeling culturally competent as they are being held accountable for student achievement under the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in the area of north Texas. Within the last decade, the most influential school policy has been the No Child Left Behind Legislation. The NCLB legislation included four primary areas with possible ramifications for teachers and students. The four primary areas included: 1) highly trained teachers, 2) state accountability, 3) research, and 4) parental choice (Kymes, 2011). The data collection process consisted of a demographic survey and an open-ended 10 question survey used in the interviews from 20 elementary school teachers. The participants included 16 teachers who taught in the public schools and four that taught in a private school in north Texas. All of the participants were classroom teachers who had at least three years of experience working with diverse populations of students and were fully certified. The data were collected using the online survey service called After the data were collected and the transcripts were confirmed, the data was entered into Nvivo 9 analysis software to help determine the different themes through word queries and other analysis tools. The analysis resulted in five common themes: NCLB Act, culture, accountability, factors and influences, and gaps. The findings in this study suggested that the NCLB Act has caused great stress and anxiety for public school teachers and that the effects were both positive and negative. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001