Date of Award


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Elizabeth Campbell

Second Advisor

Luke Eric Lassiter

Third Advisor

Louis Watts

Fourth Advisor

Brenda Tuckwiller


This was a phenomenological study that explored school consolidation through the lived experiences and perceptions of students and their families. This study included five elementary students, ranging from second through sixth grade and six adult participants, including parents and grandparents. Individual interviews, focus groups, and artifact exploration were utilized as the primary data collection methods. Because school consolidation is a social as well as an individual experience, this study worked through the constructivist perspective to allow a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances of personal relationships that develop and evolve throughout the consolidation process. This study also utilized feminist theory and humanism as they allowed the under-represented voices to arise shedding light on the familiar topic of school consolidation through new and unique perspectives while giving credence to the voices of children.


Schools -- Centralization -- West Virginia.