Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Learning Disabilities


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education

First Advisor

Urban, Stanley


Behavior disorders in children; Classroom management; Mentally ill children--Education (Elementary)


Disability and Equity in Education


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the "Discipline with Dignity" program in increasing appropriate behaviors in the classroom setting. The Revised Behavior Checklist was completed by the classroom teacher for four students in each classroom, to establish a degree or frequency of problem behaviors and to designate a target behavior for which to focus upon. After five months, the behaviors of the eight students were again rated by the checklist to determine if there was any change. The study revealed that on the pretest checklist the students scored the highest in the area of conduct disorder and attention problems/ immaturity. Minimal decreases were noted on the post test checklists and both classes showed an increase in several categories. A marked increase in self-esteem and self-confidence was noted in the classroom where the program "Discipline with Dignity" was implemented. Also noted was an increase in the opportunities to teach and model self-responsibility versus disciplining with consequences.