Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Advisor

Laura Jewett

Second Advisor

Jesus “Chuey” Abrego

Third Advisor

Pauli Badenhorst


This qualitative case study explored the perceptions of instructional coaches in order to understand the ways in which context influenced their view of their roles and how they supported teacher growth. The theoretical and conceptual foundations for this study include a distributed perspective, a phenomenologically informed lens, and a pragmatic worldview. The sample consisted of 9 elementary instructional coach participants from different content areas and programs provided within the site. Semi-structured interviews, a focus group, and a review of the district’s instructional coaching program documents were used, and thematic analysis led to four findings that encompassed the contextual conditions that challenged or propelled the work of the instructional coach. Conclusions from this study found that these contextual components are a great focal point for districts to consider when implementing a well-established instructional coaching program.


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