|dc.description.abstract||This phenomenological study examined eight teachers in Kansas, who experienced
school closing within the past three years. The results of this research indicated themes of death
and dying, organizational culture, change, and emotion. The research further identified five
distinct categories for each of the themes during interviews. The five categories were
communication, political, community, transition, and student.
Unlike traditional empirical research design, phenomenological research focused on
descriptions of experience as an expression of one’s unique meaningful experience rather than a
learned response to stimuli (Polkinghorne, 1989). Data were analyzed using the general
processes of Moustakas (1994) and van Kaam (1959, 1966). Analysis used an eight step
techniques to identify essential characteristics of the experience.
Teachers recommended that district leadership staff conduct clear communication with
school staff, implement an organized school closure process, and provide support for physical and emotional needs.||en_US