Date Approved

4-17-2000

Embargo Period

6-23-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Doolittle, Gini

Subject(s)

Classroom environment; Classroom management

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this action research study is to compare the classroom management styles of academic teachers to the number of in class discipline infractions, at the Burlington County Institute of Technology Vocational High School located in Medford, New Jersey. This particular sample involved eighteen academic teachers over a four-week period.

Interviews involved the building principal, the vice-principals, and assorted academic teachers. Data were compiled from surveys, personal interviews and the school's computer data bank. Data analysis consisted of using information collected from the database, interviews, questionnaires, and review of literature, to identify areas of improvement in teacher classroom management skills and the teacher training program or in-service programs offered at the school.

Some teachers may have excellent knowledge in their subject area but lack the skills for effective classroom management. If we can identify weaknesses and offer training, we can improve the educational delivery system at this school and facilitate change.

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