Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Committee Member

Helen Harper, Co-Chair

Second Committee Member

Lori Olafson, Co-Chair

Third Committee Member

Thomas Bean

Fourth Committee Member

Marilyn McKinney

Graduate Faculty Representative

Lisa Bendixen

Number of Pages



This phenomenological study explored how five elementary school teachers experienced their first year of teaching as both the subject and agent of discipline. Drawing on Michel Foucault’s conceptualizations of power, discipline, and resistance, the investigator analyzed interview data that focused on questions concerning how novice teachers establish their own classroom management techniques, what norms they followed and resisted, as well as how and when they complied (or did not) in order to gain membership into their school/teacher community. Analysis indicated that, although novice teachers expressed many concerns, they largely complied with the norms established institutionally for managing student behavior, and with those affecting their own teacher behavior. However they did resist some of the norms that concerned teacher accountability.

This study and its analysis of the institutional and discursive power evident in the lives of novice teachers suggests a need for teacher education programs to better prepare student teachers for the issues of power and discipline that will mark their professional lives and those of their students.


Classroom management; Elementary school teaching; First year teachers; School discipline


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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