Investigating the Effectiveness of Classroom Management Methods

Erin Connell, Jennifer Kallenbach, Connor Rickett, Dr. Kymberly Harris, Department of Special Education, Georgia Southern University, 1332 Southern Dr, Statesboro GA 30458

The purpose of this research study is to investigate the effectiveness of different behavior management methods used in the elementary classroom. This research study will compare management strategies to determine their effectiveness on student behaviors in the classroom. Management strategies discussed are based on research, as well as preservice teachers’ first hand experiences in K-5 classrooms. In this research study, classroom management methods such as Class Dojo, token economy, punishment, and rewards will be discussed to determine whether or not they are effective. The research methodology is based upon the professional literature as well as anecdotal experience gained from elementary schools located in rural, south eastern Georgia by student teachers. Research used includes studies on behavioral theory, evidence based classroom management methods, the pros and cons of using a token economy in the classroom, as well as research into the positive and negative aspects of using Class Dojo. Conclusions drawn from the research prove the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of the aforementioned methods. Research along with anecdotal student teacher experiences have proven punishment to be the least effective method of behavior management at the elementary level. Class Dojo has been effectively used to manage the classroom during guided reading. A negative aspect of using Class Dojo is the ethical implications some have found controversial. Lastly, the use of a token economy has been determined effective for students with mild behavior problems. It is not considered effective for students with severe behaviors.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Erin Connell, Connor Rickett, Jennifer Kallenbach

Institution: Georgia Southern University

Type: Poster

Subject: Education

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4160