School of Education
Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
Education, Educational Psychology
Education, Classroom experiences, Utilitarianism, Dickens, Hard Times, Erin Gruwell, Rafe Esquith
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.