Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Summer 7-28-2016

Degree Type


First Advisor

Dr. Laura Palmer

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeanne Bohannon


This study utilized an industrial ethnographic framework to perform a document analysis on educational classroom documents presently used at a single small, private boarding school. This school, where students are given an individualized curriculum and experience immersed in technology, frequently uses Google Apps for Education to share electronic documents used in the classroom.

Qualitative information was gathered using an instrument created for this study, the Educational Document Design and Information Evaluation (EDDIE) form. EDDIE forms in the areas of Supplemental Documents, Adopted Textbooks, and Lesson Plans were used to evaluate presently-used classroom documents with current information design and educational trends.

The document analysis found that teachers at the school choose and create educational document based on the individual student needs in the classroom. The study demonstrated that teachers need more knowledge and practice in the area of adding stylistic changes to user-created documents to ease document comprehension and understanding for students.