Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat;


Educators need support offered to successfully implement alternative instructional strategies, like project-based learning, cooperative learning, and inquiry-based learning. This literature review points to six supports to overcome the challenges to implementation providing sustained support. A teacher’s self-efficacy, attitudes and beliefs help overcome challenges faced and help with the readiness level. Professional development that provides sufficient time, but also considers the program orientation, includes content experts, and time for reflection provides support. Teachers offered a coach or mentor, practical experience of the strategy, and co-teaching opportunities support the use of the instructional strategy. Research points to starting these supports in teacher education programs to prepare future teachers. These supports in place help educators create engaging learning environments to increase student growth.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis