Date of Award

2-2021

Degree Type

Education Specialist

Degree Name

Education Specialist

Department

Education, Leadership and Public Service

Program

Educational Administration and Supervision

First Advisor/Chairperson

Bethney Bergh

Abstract

ABSTRACT

VETERAN TEACHERS’ EXPERIENCES IN CONNECTION TO TEACHER EMPOWERMENT WITHIN THE SCHOOL

By

Jessica Louise Aho

This narrative inquiry has been designed to explore the perspectives and experiences of veteran elementary teachers in connection to leadership and teacher empowerment within the school. This study examines the narratives of seven veteran elementary teachers from four different schools in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Each veteran teacher was interviewed one-on-one by the researcher via Zoom, due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Participants were identified through purposeful sampling. The researcher used an inductive approach to the analysis of the data, to identify themes within the narratives. Analysis of the data determined that teacher empowerment does impact veteran teachers’ experiences and overall morale within the school. The data that was gathered presented six themes. The researcher made theoretical predications that emerged during the coding process. These included leadership style, trust, communication, and morale. The other themes that emerged during the coding process, were autonomy and mentorship.

Access Type

Open Access

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Education Commons

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