The war on terror after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, continues to include ongoing efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in which the military serve and protect. Active-duty members of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard continue to serve in these hazardous zones to minimize war crimes where families are left behind. With the necessity of military deployments, issues of psychological, emotional, and behavioral tribulations surrounding the children of deployed active-duty members are observed. The purpose of the qualitative study was to explore schoolteacher’s perceptions about effective actions taken to enhance the performance of children and the classroom environment, while the children were coping with their active-duty parent’s deployment. The sample included elementary schoolteachers and administrators that taught in the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Belgium who have had parents of their students deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hazardous zone areas. The research question asked: When observed behaviors are identified in relation to parental deployment, how do effective actions taken mitigate behavioral problems and enhance the classroom learning environment? The qualitative explorative case study aided in identifying and understanding schoolteachers’ perceptions about effective actions taken to enhance the performance of children and the classroom environment while children were coping with their active-duty parent’s deployment. This critical situation for children showed stressful and coping challenges and an imposed hardship on the children’s customary way of living and participation in the school environment.
|Advisor:||Martin, Craig H.|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||School administration, Elementary education, Developmental psychology, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Children, Military deployment, Military families, Psychosocial, School teachers|
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