Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Sharon Spall (Director), Dr. Bud Schlinker, Dr. J. Fiene

Degree Program

Educational Leadership

Degree Type

Education Specialist


Third grade teachers participated in a study that examined the ways teachers learn new skills for reading instruction and transfer their learning into the classroom on a daily basis. A review of literature included identification of a purpose for teacher learning, how teacher self-perception influenced use of new knowledge and teacher skills, and improved reading achievement. The teachers discussed challenges and barriers for their learning and implementation of new learning, which included reflection of how each has evolved as a reading teacher. Teachers expressed interests for new learning in reading instruction and self-awareness necessary for improvement in their practice.


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development