Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

12-2008

School

School of Education

Major

Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification

Primary Subject Area

Education, Educational Psychology

Keywords

Education, Classroom experiences, Utilitarianism, Dickens, Hard Times, Erin Gruwell, Rafe Esquith

Disciplines

Education

Abstract

This thesis explores the impact that classroom experiences have upon students’ academic and future success. It begins by discussing Charles Dickens’ criticism of education in his works, specifically in the novel Hard Times. Next, the thesis examines a number of studies that have sought to identify the factors that determine students’ academic success. Finally, the careers of Erin Gruwell and Rafe Esquith are described as ‘real life’ examples of the way that teachers can impact students’ success.

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