Engaging students in life and literature: a qualitative study of rural north Alabama community college american literature instructors' course design and pedagogical practices

dc.contributorBray, Nathaniel J.
dc.contributorBuckelew, Kathy L.
dc.contributorMajor, Claire Howell
dc.contributorScherff, Lisa
dc.contributor.advisorHardy, David E.
dc.contributor.authorWard, Steven Jerome
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T16:25:28Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T16:25:28Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the course design decisions and pedagogical practices of American literature teachers at three rural community colleges of varying size in North Alabama. Fink's (2003) Integrated Course Design (ICD) model provided a framework for this study, and the researcher attempted to determine if and to what degree rural community college American literature instructors reflect the over-arching qualities and components of Fink's ICD model. The participants in this study were ten full-time community college American literature instructors of varying ages, educational backgrounds, and years of teaching experience; the participant group included five male and five female instructors. Data for the study were derived from interviews with each instructor, classroom observations, and review of course-related documents. Using basic qualitative methods, the researcher conducted a thematic analysis of the data, which enabled him to organize the qualitative data into manageable strands. Using the study's theoretical framework as a basis for coding the data, the researcher was able to establish connections between the collected data and the research questions. Four themes emerged from data analysis: (a) Situational Factors Affect Course Design and Instructional Decisions; (b) Academically Unprepared Students Affect Course Design and Instructional Decisions; (c) Instruction Should Be Engaging and the Subject Matter Should Be Relevant to Students' Lives; and (d) American Literature Instructors Should Be Reflective Practitioners. The researcher found that participants did consider certain situational factors as they planned for and delivered their courses. Also, the data proved that instructors gave little consideration to the learning goals as they planned and delivered their courses. Similarly, the researcher discovered that participants did not plan teaching and learning activities in advance, nor did they work to ensure alignment with the learning goals or assessments. Finally, findings suggest that the participants spent little time planning or working to ensure the integration of Fink's (2003) four components of course design; when it occurred, integration happened inadvertently. The participants' course design decisions and pedagogical practices only partially reflect the tenets of Fink's Integrated Course Design Model.en_US
dc.format.extent340 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0000877
dc.identifier.otherWard_alatus_0004D_11043
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1377
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectEducational leadership
dc.titleEngaging students in life and literature: a qualitative study of rural north Alabama community college american literature instructors' course design and pedagogical practicesen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.disciplineEducational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.leveldoctoral
etdms.degree.nameEd.D.
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