Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Howard, Esther

Committee Member

Pope, Margaret

Committee Member

Givhan, Sam

Committee Member

Verhoek-Miller, Nancy

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Dissertation - Campus Access Only


Elementary Education

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


This study examined the perceptions of the professor who taught a synchronous graduate distance learning course for elementary educators. The host site students were taught in the presence of the professor and the remote site students interacted with the professor and host site students by way of two-way audio and video technology. Two research questions and protocols guided data collection. The researcher attended nine of the 14 classes as a silent observer. Field notes were recorded by the researcher during class meetings. Data collection was descriptive and sought detail perceptions, attitudes, demeanor, and teaching style of the professor who taught the two groups of students simultaneously. The professor maintained a journal in which perceptions of the problems, progress, and potential of the distance learning class/program were documented. The presentation of findings included an analysis of field notes taken by the researcher and journal entries recorded by the professor for each protocol. Yin (1994) noted that results are strengthened when multiple sources of evidence are to draw conclusions.