Angela E. Quitadamo, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Angela Quitadamo at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Mitchell Kusy, Committee Chair, Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, Committee Member, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member
- Mitchell Kusy, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D., Committee Member
Community college students often have obligations outside the classroom (supporting dependents or working part-or full-time jobs), preventing them from participating in extracurricular activities and fulfilling their social-emotional needs on campus. As a result, they rely heavily on classroom interactions with their instructors to gain a sense of belonging and motivation necessary for optimal cognitive growth. This action research study was conducted at a rural community college in New England to learn if an informal feedback tool, given to students, could provide real-time data to instructors to enhance the social-emotional classroom environment. An inquiry group (IG) comprised of the researcher and instructors met four times over the course of a semester. The IG reflected on the student data, spoke in-depth about their reactions to the data, offered feedback about the assessment, and discussed the changes they would make in response to the real-time, course-level data in their courses. Thematic analysis was utilized to analyze and interpret the qualitative data from the inquiry group and student assessments. Four themes rose to prominence: True Feelings, Engaging Students, Instructor Approachability, and Remote Learning. At the close of the study instructors completed a summative evaluation and met again to review the synthesized data. This study showed how a more reflective and transformational view of classroom assessment with a focus on engagement benefited students and instructors. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, http://aura.antioch.edu/and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu/.
Quitadamo, A. E. (2020). Social-Emotional Climate in the Community College Classroom: An Action Research Study Investigating the Impact of Real-Time Student Feedback to Instructors. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/606