Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore


Riverside Middle School (Riverside, N.J.); School administrators--Training of; School discipline; Timeout method


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the newly implemented time-out room in changing the negative behavior that is exhibited by some middle school children. The time-out room is similar to the traditional in-school suspension room. The rooms differ in the duration of time that a student spends in the room and the services that the child receives while there. The student who was sent to the time-out room for behavior deemed unacceptable developed a plan to prevent any future reoccurrence of a similar offense. The student who spent time in the time-out room also received assistance from a full-time, time-out room teacher whose responsibility it was to encourage the student to rationally and maturely correct his actions. The study found that the time-out room had a statistically significant effect on changing the behavior of the middle school students as measured against the number of out-of-school suspensions from the previous year.