Making the Best of It: Conditions for Overcoming Obstacles and Educating the Whole Child in a Rural Elementary School

Making the Best of It: Conditions for Overcoming Obstacles and Educating the Whole Child in a Rural Elementary School

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This dissertation examined literacy achievement in first through fifth grades in a rural elementary school. Grounded in the social theory of literacy and learning and the traditional research on effective schools and classrooms, this work identified the potential components that created conditions for student literacy achievement, despite the challenges that the rural school faced, especially poverty. The study addressed the following questions: Why are the students in this rural elementary school performing so well on the state language arts assessment? What factors support high student achievement? How does the school community define the cultural models of schools, literacy, and learning? The study employed the qualitative inquiry approach of grounded theory combined with discourse analytic methods to conduct an in-depth case study of literacy skills and practices that contribute to students' ethical, social, and academic development. Results showed that school personnel helped meet students' physical, emotional, and social needs to create positive relationships that contributed to students' increased motivation, self-esteem, and resiliency. Staff provided effective literacy instruction with an emphasis on differentiation to satisfy students' academic needs. Educating the whole child led to students' academic achievement, good citizenship, and positive school experiences. The project will contribute to the paucity of mainstream research in rural education. In addition, it will increase the body of research on at-risk, Kelly Reffitt effective schools with a sociocultural perspective of schools and learning. Limitations of the study, including self-reporting and causal relationships, were discussed. Implications focused on teacher preparation, family advocacy, and administrative leadership.New Era was the first building in the district to utilize the Classroom Performance System (CPS). ... Students then used the remotes to click on the right answers. ... organize and served as coach for the Girls on the Run program, and assisted the principal with the positive incentive programs. ... quizzes on Reading Counts, and ordered books for the library based on teacher and student recommendations.


Title:Making the Best of It: Conditions for Overcoming Obstacles and Educating the Whole Child in a Rural Elementary School
Author: Kelly Reffitt
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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