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An investigation of the life experiences and beliefs of teachers exhibiting effective classroom management behaviors in diverse urban schools


2008 2008

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Abstract (summary)

In order to meet the growing demands being placed on teachers and students, it is incumbent upon educators to understand how the teachers who are highly effective became so. It is through understanding the experiences of the developmental process as well as the beliefs that guide behaviors that we can enable, equip, and empower others to become effective as well. Research has identified classroom management as the variable with the greatest impact on student learning. As the manager of the classroom, the teacher has been identified as the single most important factor in student success.

This qualitative phenomenological research study used narrative inquiry to investigate the life experiences and beliefs of eight teachers who consistently exhibit effective classroom management behaviors. The findings suggested techniques that highly effective teachers have in common, life experiences that influence teachers' decisions and behaviors, and the values and beliefs that guide their management systems. Recurring story elements included showing caring behaviors; demonstrating respect; building relationships; being organized and prepared; feeling responsible for student learning; and the influence of family, spirituality, and self-efficacy.

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Subject
School administration;
Teacher education;
Classroom management;
Urban schools;
Behavioral psychology;
Phenomenology;
Qualitative research
Classification
0514: School administration
0530: Teacher education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Classroom behaviors; Classroom management; Student learning; Teacher efficacy; Urban schools
Title
An investigation of the life experiences and beliefs of teachers exhibiting effective classroom management behaviors in diverse urban schools
Author
Hargrove, Pauline Colburn
Number of pages
225
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0424
Source
DAI-A 71/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124104317
University/institution
Lamar University - Beaumont
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3415936
ProQuest document ID
734624618
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/734624618
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