Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teaching Through Culture in the K-12 Classroom
by Littlebear, Janice DeVore, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018, 264; 10784147
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores how quality experienced teachers use culture to successfully deliver K-12 classroom instruction. Additionally, it develops and tests the effectiveness of a resource designed to instruct early career teachers on the use of culture to deliver classroom instruction.

Research was conducted in two phases over a four-year time frame (2014-2017). The study followed a mixed methods exploratory sequential design, using a participatory action research approach. Phase 1 gathered qualitative data from 20 experienced teachers located in two states, which were analyzed using constructed grounded theory. The results of this analysis, accompanied by a literature review, resulted in the development of a Chapter about Culture (CAC), an instructional resource on teaching through culture for early career teachers.

Phase 2 gathered quantitative data using a Checklist of Classroom Inventory (CCI) from eight Alaska early career teachers and one Montana experienced teacher, and were analyzed by averaging the pre/post CAC scores and comparing the differences. In addition, one open-ended question after use of CAC provided additional qualitative data about the resourcefulness of CAC, as well as the process for implementing the lessons.

Phase 1 results revealed five common themes when teaching through culture: Relationships, Communication, Connections, Respect, and Multicultural Resources. These themes contributed to the construction of a value-added theory of practice for teaching through culture, and served as the basis of the CAC. Phase 2 results demonstrated growth by early career teachers after using the newly created CAC in all five themes of teaching through culture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: John, Theresa, Adams, Barbara
Commitee: Barnhardt, Ray, Parker-Webster, Joan
School: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department: Cross-Cultural Studies
School Location: United States -- Alaska
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Education, Native American studies
Keywords: Connecting content to culture, Culturally-responsive, Indigenous ways of knowing, Multicultural education, Native American/Alaskan education, Teaching through culture
Publication Number: 10784147
ISBN: 9780355880267
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