Date of Award

Spring 5-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Chair

Dr. Thelma Roberson

Committee Chair Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 2

Dr. Rose McNeese

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 3

Dr. David E. Lee

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 4

Dr. Ronald Styron

Committee Member 4 Department

Educational Leadership and School Counseling

Committee Member 5

Dr. James T. Johnson

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine ifthere was a difference in the attitudes and beliefs of traditionally certified teachers who were previously assistant teachers and alternatively certified teachers regarding classroom management. The instrument used in the study was the Attitudes and Beliefs on Classroom Control Inventory -Revised and Revisited (ABCC-R) (Martin, Yin, & Mayall, 2008). The sample included 171 participants. Seventy seven of those participants were traditionally certified teachers who were previously assistant teachers, and 94 alternatively certified teachers from four school districts across the state.

The study focused on two dimensions of classroom management: Instructional Management, tasks having to do with instruction and delivery (Martin, Yin, & Mayall, 2008) and People Management which pertains to teachers' beliefs about students and what teachers do to develop student-teacher relationships (Martin, Yin, & Mayall, 2008).

No significant difference was found between traditional certified teacher who were previously assistant teachers and alternatively certified teachers. Therefore, the overall fmding of this study is that both groups were similar in their attitudes and beliefs toward classroom management.