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Kindergarten and first grade teachers'decision-making for literacy instruction in diverse schools [electronic resource]

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Kindergarten and First Grade Teacher Decision-Making for Literacy Instruction in Diverse Schools Copyright By Catherine Maureen DeCourcey 2003 The Dissertation Committee for Catherine Maureen DeCourcey Certifies that this is the approved version of the following dissertation: Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers’ Decision-making for Literacy Instruction in Diverse Schools Committee: Audrey McCray Sorrells, Supervisor Shernaz Garcia James Schaller James Scheurich Gwendolyn Webb-Johnson Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers’ Decision-Making for Literacy Instruction in Diverse Schools by Catherine Maureen DeCourcey, B.A.; M.Ed. Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of The University of Texas at Austin in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy The University of Texas at Austin December 2003 Dedicated to the memory of Reverend Angela Marie Davis, who always believed, and of course, to Delfina. Acknowledgements The first time I read a dissertation and saw the lengthy acknowledgements I thought it absurd; certainly writing a dissertation was a solo act, not an ensemble performance. I was wrong. Fortunately, I am blessed with wonderful people in my life, far too many to thank herein, but at least I can squeeze a few words of gratitude into these pages. Please know that all kindnesses, named and unnamed, are appreciated. Gratitude to my committee members – Dr. Audrey Sorrells, Dr. Shernaz Garcia, Dr. Gwen Webb-Johnson, Dr. James Schaller, and Dr. James Scheurich - for the scholarship and humanity which they brought to this undertaking. A special thanks to my advisor, Dr. Audrey Sorrells, for the many lessons I’ve learned, in their myriad forms. The people who keep the Department

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