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Advisory Committee Chair

Linda Searby

Advisory Committee Members

Kay Emfinger

Lynn Kirkland

Tonya Perry

Gary Peters

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Candidate Support Providers and candidates in regards to exploring how the reflective practices of the candidates were fostered by the Candidate Support Providers. A multiple case study methodology was used for this qualitative research (Creswell, 2007; Merriam, 2008; Stake, 1995). Five Candidate Support Providers and five candidates from an urban school district in Alabama participated in this study. Multiple data sources collected for this qualitative case study included: a) semi-structured interviews, b) direct observations, c) journal entries, d) participant artifacts and e) an online questionnaire. The findings of this research revealed that the reflective practices of the National Board candidates were enhanced by strategies utilized by the Candidate Support Providers. The study also found that National Board requirements were conducive to the promoting of reflective practices of the candidates. These findings were consistent with findings from other studies on National Board Certification (Park & Oliver, 2008, Goldhaber and Anthony, 2005).

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