Student-led conferences are an alternative method of reporting progress to parents. This qualitative phenomenological research study was conducted in order to examine elementary teachers’ perceptions of student-led conferences in comparison to traditional parent-teacher conferences in Central and Southern Illinois. Additionally, the study examined what professional supports, if any, teachers would need to continue implementing student-led conferences. The focus groups included a face-to-face audio-recorded interview prior to the student-led conferences where the study participant shared resources, then concluded with a follow-up exit telephone interview. The multiple data sources that were collected provided the researcher with information to support or argue in a triangulation strategy. During the initial face-to-face site visit interview, the researcher asked the teacher fourteen questions and the teacher shared resources used before, during, and after the student-led conference process. During the exit interview, the researcher asked five questions to the participants over the telephone. Data were then generated from both the pre and post audio recordings and analysis of resources over a 22-week period. Finally, the researcher concluded that there were four major themes that emerged from the data analyses: ownership, responsibility, preparation, and family involvement. The research indicated the various styles and formats to a student-led conference but key components included the preparation for the child and teacher, the conference itself, and portfolio artifacts and/or goal-setting opportunities within the conference. Finally, the researcher concluded the need for continuous professional development and/or supports when initially implementing and sustaining the student-led conferencing process.
|Advisor:||Rosborg, James T.|
|Commitee:||Deets, Jed, Wamser, Ryan|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 78/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Educational leadership, Elementary education, Education philosophy|
|Keywords:||Constructivism, Elementary teachers in Illinois, IEP conferences, IEP student-led conferences, Parent-teacher conferences, Student-led conferences|
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