Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

College of Education

First Advisor

Nathaniel Bryan

Abstract

This dissertation in practice outlines an action research project that was designed in order to solve the research question of: What is the impact of Capturing Kids’ Hearts on improving the classroom management of beginning teachers and district new-hires in a new elementary school setting? This question was proposed on the idea that classroom management is something that many teachers will face as a challenge; especially beginning teachers. The Capturing Kids’ Hearts program was also determined to be beneficial as it contains attributes that would allow any teacher to obtain some useful information from the information. This action research project follows the process of action research which involves the following steps: identifying an area of focus, review existing data and literature, developing an action plan, implementing the plan, then analyze the new data (Mertler, 2014). Following these steps, one would reflect then repeat the process in order to find better solutions to a problem (Mertler, 2014). Staff members at a soon to be open elementary school were provided with an initial professional development training on the program. Throughout the year, teachers were observed and given feedback. Results indicated that utilizing the program had a positive impact on classroom management of beginning teachers. Teachers who were impacted were also shown to be more likely to stay in their position.

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