Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)


Educational Leadership

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Dr. Theresa Alviar-Martin

Committee Chair

Dr. Erin Adams

Second Committee Member

Dr. Daphne Hubbard-Berry


Research shows that students need opportunities to engage in strategies that will enhance their critical thinking skills. With pressure on teachers to prepare students for state assessments, teachers teach to the test, not giving students chances to dialogue with their peers. To produce citizens in a genuinely democratic world, the voices of students is crucial. Socratic Seminar is a classroom methodology that can foster critical thinking skills and cultivate a democratic learning environment. The purpose of this participatory action research study is to examine teachers’ dispositions of critical thinking in elementary social studies classrooms as students think beyond the text. This research also examines coaching considerations, teachers’ provisions of coaching, and challenges faced when executing Socratic Seminars.

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