Examining the Dynamic of Classroom Management, Classroom Environment, and Student Choice: An Action Research Ethnography

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction-Elementary Education

Date of Award

Fall 2016


The purpose of this qualitative action research ethnographic study was to explore student perceptions about classroom management, student choice, and the classroom environment. The research from this study also provided background information from the teacher researcher perspective and a detailed analysis in which the researcher describes the setting, circumstances, and culture in which the participants were involved (Creswell, 2013). Data was collected by the teacher researcher and consisted of teacher reflection journals, student journals from 23 students in the teacher researcher’s class, and small group interviews with eight of the 23 students. The findings from this study revealed students perceived the classroom environment as inviting and pleasing, as well as appreciated the classroom management style of the teacher researcher, which allowed students the opportunities to make various academic choices throughout each day. This study added to the research by providing a triangulation of three components – classroom management, student choice, and classroom management – all of which impact every student throughout their academic journey.


Sherri R Colby

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Education