We selected Team Explorer because it was in its first year enacting a class (E-Time) that operationalized the present study's definition of personalized learning when data collection for this project began.
To examine Team Explorer teachers' experience during E-Time, we collected three types of data: (a) interviews and focus groups with teachers on Team Explorer, (b) observations of E-Time classes and Team Explorer teacher meetings, and (c) documents associated with E-Time.
Our lead researcher conducted one semistructured interview (Appendix A) with each of the eight teachers on Team Explorer, all of whom served as facilitators for students' E-Time projects.
Our lead researcher conducted 11 classroom observations of E-Time, observing each of the five team TAs twice and the E-Time ELL pullout once.
Additionally, we collected a variety of documents related to E-Time, including the team's E-Time learning plan, research organizers, project rubrics, and formative assessment forms.
After this second cycle coding, he arrayed the pattern codes by individual teachers to identify themes related to E-Time successes and challenges that were common across participants.
The tracks are E-Unit (3:42); E-Time
(3:58); Cree Love II (4:08); Lightning McQueen (2:28); Lil' E (3:22); Mike One Star (2:11); My World (4:55); Oscar The Grouch (5:30); Smooth E (3:50); Stomp The Yard (6:38); The Raven Strut (2:34); and The Way of the Soldier (4:44).