Christina Wild, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Christina Wild at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Beth Mabry, Committee Chair, Dr. Michael Raffanti, Committee Member, Dr. Lemuel Watson, Committee Member.
- Beth Mabry, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Lemuel Watson, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Michael Raffanti, Ed.D., Committee Member
nature-based education, Duluth, teaching, leadership
This dissertation explores the lived experience of nature-based educators in Duluth, Minnesota. Portraiture served as the methodological framework for learning about how teachers in Duluth got into teaching and why they remain on the job. Teacher turnover and attrition is a national problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, teachers who perceive better working conditions are less likely to leave the profession. In addition, nature-based education has positive influences on students. Past research in nature-based education has looked at students rather than teachers. This study’s findings offer key lessons in the stories of educators who stay in teaching and experience joy. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA, https://aura.antioch.edu/, and OhioLINK ETD Center, https://etd.ohiolink.edu.
Wild, C. (2023). Teaching Without Walls: A Portraiture Study of Nature-Based Educators in Duluth, Minnesota. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/969