Ashley Garaas

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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