Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Stan Tuttle

Second Advisor

Scott Goselin

Third Advisor

Houston Thompson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


School districts today are being held accountable for providing all students with a quality education in order for students to meet mandated learning standards as well as become productive citizens; thus teachers need to be more responsive to their students’ needs. This study investigated teachers’ knowledge about differentiated instruction; how often teacher differentiate instruction in specific subject areas; and factors that help or hinder the implementation of differentiated instruction. Study results demonstrated that the majority of the teachers surveyed are familiar with differentiated instruction; however, because of their unfamiliarity of available tools, the immense amount of preparation time involved coupled with lack of resources, many teachers do not differentiate instruction in their classrooms.


Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2012 for Olivet Nazarene University.