Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What Does It Mean to Be a Service-Learning Teacher? - An Autoethnography
by Verdi, Kristy C., Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2017, 272; 10264061
Abstract (Summary)

This autoethnography of my lived experiences as a middle-school service-learning course teacher has helped me solve a personal mystery and present an important perspective for the K-12 service-learning field. With an eye on revealing a unique service-learning classroom concept to educational leaders, enhancing middle level teacher education, and hopes of providing greater opportunities for advancing research on service learning in K-12 education, this study has also aided me in understanding my professional self and my subjective educational theory through a personal interpretive framework (Kelchtermans, 1993, 1999, 2009). Using autoethnography (Ellis, 2004; Ellis & Bochner, 2006) as a method to explore my own experiences as a middle school service-learning teacher and the perceptions of critical friends—colleagues, family members, and friends—who have been significant in my experiences, I am able to present an evocative personal narrative on what it means to be a service-learning teacher. Overarching findings from this study reveal that a middle grades service-learning teacher is a self-authored individual (Baxter Magolda, 1999, 2009; Kegan, 1994) who is committed to community-engaged education (Dewey, 1900, 1933), possesses a strong “I must” (Noddings, 2002b, p. 20) perspective on relational care, and are for development in servant leadership (Greenleaf, 1977; Sergiovanni, 1992; Bowman, 2005)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berson, Michael J.
Commitee: Berry, Keith, Ellerbrock, Cheryl R., Wolgemuth, Jennifer R.
School: University of South Florida
Department: Secondary Education
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Teacher education
Keywords: Civic engagement, Personal interpretive framework, Relational care, Self-authorship, Servant leadership, Service-learning
Publication Number: 10264061
ISBN: 978-1-369-72570-4
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