Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies

First Advisor

Paul Vellom

Second Advisor

Lois Hoekstra


This study was driven by the researcher’s interest in learning more about classroom management, and in particular, how experienced teachers thought about positive discipline as part of a management system. The researcher was a teaching intern in an elementary suburban school, where she interviewed 5 teachers and the building principal about classroom management and positive discipline. Interviews were transcribed, and patterns across responses were sought. Findings revealed common pieces of effective classroom management: 1) setting clear expectations and rules, 2) consistency in applying rules and expectations, and 3) having good parent communication. All teachers used tangible extrinsic rewards to motivate students, and saw this as positive discipline. The subjects’ responses are compared and contrasted to recent research on classroom management and positive discipline.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Defense Presentation