Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Teresa Ripple


Curriculum and Instruction


This action research study was conducted in a kindergarten classroom at a public elementary school; it included 14 students, nine boys and five girls. This investigation lasted five weeks to examine the effects of developing a positive class culture on student participation in class discussions. Data was collected on pre-, mid-, and post- student input forms, student participation spreadsheet, notes on student conferences, and notes in teacher reflection journal. The results from the student input forms and student participation spreadsheet showed a slight increase in positive attitude and participation level throughout the study. The teacher data showed an increase in overall student involvement and level of participation. Implications are that developing a classroom with a positive class culture leads to a higher level of student involvement in class discussions.

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