Date of Award

12-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

First Advisor

Steven Bingham

Abstract

This applied dissertation was designed to gather similarities and differences in the perceptions of theatre teachers and administrators regarding instructor traits, instructor characteristics, and instructional practices of effective theatre teacher. Current teacher evaluation systems focus on teacher effectiveness on student learning, and typically do not provide valuable feedback for teachers in highly specialized fields such as the arts, and specifically theatre arts.

One-on-one interviews were conducted with eight theatre teachers and eight administrators from eight different schools across the state of South Carolina to gather qualitative data on the similarities and differences in perceptions of instructor traits, instructor characteristics, and instructional practices of effective theatre teachers. From these interviews a survey was developed and administered to South Carolina theatre teachers to collect quantitative data.

Analysis of the qualitative and quantitative data revealed more commonalities than differences in theatre teacher and administrator perceptions. The data suggested there is a need for improvement in the evaluation process of theatre arts teachers. This data suggested alternative evaluation methods for theatre arts teachers and provided a holistic picture of what an effective theatre teacher looks like and does in their classrooms and rehearsals for productions.

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