Date of Award

Summer 8-3-2005

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


Teachers have the opportunity to become leaders who shape, alter and foster their students' social and academic life. The student population of late has emerged as diverse in culture, needs and learning ability. It has become increasingly more important for a teacher to understand the student as "a whole," since it often pertains to the student's learning capability and growth as a person. Identifying the factors that encourage student advocacy could be a huge step in continuing progress or a positive change toward establishing advocacy environments. This qualitative action research study investigates the factors that formulate a teacher as an advocate for a student or the lack of certain factors that can hinder the process. If we understand "why" our teachers make the choices they do, then perhaps we can channel our efforts and energies into supportive programs to foster leadership or help remove the hindrances that prevent it.


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