Title page for ETD etd-03092007-161802

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Ortlieb, Evan Thomas
Author's Email Address eortli2@lsu.edu
URN etd-03092007-161802
Title Characteristics of Four Highly-Regarded Literacy Teachers in Rural and Urban Elementary Schools
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Curriculum & Instruction
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Earl Cheek Jr. Committee Chair
James Wandersee Committee Member
Pam Blanchard Committee Member
Robert Lafayette Committee Member
Joan Benedict Dean's Representative
  • reading instruction
  • geography
  • rural
  • urban
  • elementary schools
  • classroom teachers
  • effective practices
Date of Defense 2007-01-26
Availability unrestricted
How does geography play a role in student learning and teacher instruction? Limited research efforts reveal that the needs of students in rural areas are quite distinct from other settings (Muijs & Reynolds, 2003; Rice, 2003). It is not until exclusive qualities are determined in both rural and urban environments that instructional plans can be geared to each student body. Addressing these sociocultural issues is crucial with an increasingly diverse population of students nationwide.

Spradley’s (1980) Developmental Research Sequence and ethnographic interviews of four classroom teachers within rural and urban schools are the primary methods utilized throughout this inquiry. The participants are selected based on their school-wide reputation for being highly regarded literacy teachers.

Several instructional techniques found are unique to rural and urban areas. Administrators, specialists, and classroom teachers should find the results of this investigation useful. Implications reach across grade levels as models of effective literacy instruction can be developed.

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