Date of Award

8-2009

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Workforce Education and Development

First Advisor

Putnam, Alvin

Abstract

This quantitative research study was designed and conducted to determine if the situational leadership model could be used successfully for teacher classroom management. This study drew from Hersey and Blanchard's (1982) Situational Leadership Model and Babkie's (2006) outline for proactive management of classroom behavior. The study was conducted with sixteen teachers employed at six public schools serving grades 6-8 in traditional regular education classrooms within Region #30 in the State of Illinois. Three data collection instruments were utilized in this study. Subjects' mean scores from the Leadership Style Assessment for Classroom Teachers - Self (Hayden, 1982) and Other were compared with mean scores attained on the Classroom Behavior Management Checklist. Findings revealed that a positive correlation was achieved between the Leadership Style Assessment for Classroom Teachers and the Classroom Behavior Management Checklist beyond the predetermined level of significance (Olds, 1938 and Fisher & Yates, 1963).

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