School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
morale, teacher morale, trauma, asynchronous, synchronous, technostress
Counseling | Education
Peterson, Dawn Dianne, "Morale of Educators Amidst a Pandemic: A Heuristic Phenomenological Inquiry" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4246.
This heuristic phenomenological qualitative research study aimed to understand the educators' perceptions of their lived experience teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on teacher morale in the U.S. The theory guiding this study is Narrative Identity Theory, in which Dan McAdams proposed the first full theoretical model. This theory contributed significant awareness to the phenomenon studied when trying to understand the evaluative and emotional meaning expressed through the stories of the teachers. The essence of morale is understood more holistically considering the contribution of Narrative Identity Theory. Data was collected through online interviews on Microsoft Teams and analyzed using NVIVO to create codes and themes.