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ERIC Number: ED556219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 282
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-5477-3
The Critical Role of Leadership: A Gadamerian Investigation of the Sustainment Phenomenon Experienced by Effective Midterm Special Education Teachers
Cavanaugh, Ellen Marguerite
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Gonzaga University
A key contributor to student learning is believed to be the classroom teacher. With 40 to 50% of special education teachers leaving the profession by the end of their fifth year, an inexperienced teaching force disadvantages students with disabilities. This qualitative inquiry investigated and analyzed the phenomenon of sustainment among effective special education teachers who are engaged in their third through seventh years of teaching students with special needs. The theoretical perspective and methodology for this dissertation used Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics and hermeneutic phenomenology. The research design included surveys (administrator and participant), in-person and virtual semistructured individual interviews, and semistructured synchronous video conferencing involving a sample of eight special education teachers. The sustainment of effective midterm special education teachers hinged on the interactions and presence of three job-related components: stability or predictability, experiences of success, and community membership. Even though these components contributed to the sustainment of the eight teachers in this inquiry, this research does not suggest that these elements will prevent attrition. This research has implications for education leaders seeking to understand more about midterm special education teachers' experiences of sustainment and effectiveness. [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
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Language: English
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