Master of Science in Education
Jane M. Leatherman, PhD, Chair
Jane M. Leatherman, PhD, Chair, Jeong-il Cho, PhD, Rama Cousik, PhD
Date of Award
Writing skills in students from the elementary to college level have declined in the past decade. Due to Indiana state legislation, the focus on writing in public schools has regressed, while reading and math have been pushed to the forefront of education reform. Writing skills are comprised of spelling, handwriting, cognitive, fine motor, and stamina skills. Teachers are reluctant to teach writing for a variety of reasons. This study focuses on different barriers that elementary school teachers, from one elementary school in the Whitley County Consolidated School district, have when teaching narrative, persuasive, and research pieces of writing to all students with varying abilities. Results of this study show that teacher barriers do exist when teaching writing at the elementary level, and it is important to identify and overcome those barriers, so students get the education they deserve and are prepared to compete globally for superior employment opportunities.
barriers, narrative, persuasive, research, writing
Special Education and Teaching
Michelle K. Simmons (2013).
Identifying elementary teacher barriers in writing a focus on narrative, persuasive, and expository writing.