Dissertation

Teachers with Grit: Identity Traits of Teachers Who Share their Stories of Perseverance: A Qualitative Multiple Case Study

This multiple case study used observations and participant interviews to determine if teachers who share their stories of perseverance can influence their students’ ability to persevere through their own challenging situations and if these teachers share common identity traits. Data analyses resulted in two major findings: Teachers who share stories of persevering through life-challenging experiences with their students have more effective classrooms, and they build stronger rapport with their students. Additional findings suggest that teachers who share stories of persevering through life-challenging experiences with their students share two common identity traits: perseverance and confidence. Findings also revealed the types of sharing as anecdotal or formal and whether the sharing was solicited by students or initiated by the teacher. This study found that participants unanimously reported that the most noteworthy benefit of sharing their stories of perseverance with their students was the strengthened rapport between themselves and their students, allowing for effective instruction.

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