Date of Award:

2014

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Special Education and Rehabilitation

Advisor/Chair:

Thomas S. Higbee

Abstract

Classroom teachers are constantly trying to find the answer to those many behavior situations that arise on a daily basis in schools. In this study, we looked at the benefits of using a digital recorder in the classroom to help students become more “aware” of their behaviors. The study was done in a rural, public elementary school with three males that ranged from third grade to fifth grade. Each of these three boys has been identified as students with either specific learning disabilities or emotional disturbances. This program was run by the resource teacher and a trained paraprofessional.

The methods of this study included a digital recording of classroom activities with a focus on the three students. On a daily basis, each student would watch the recording with the resource teacher and evaluate their behaviors. The students were asked to self-evaluate their behaviors before discussing them with the resource teacher. The results for two of the three subjects were a decrease in the target behavior while the third subject’s results were not consistent. With additional time and training, this subject could also benefit from this program.

The benefits of this program could reach individual students to improve their classroom behaviors while benefiting the entire classroom as well. Teachers will be able to teach and students able to learn without being interrupted by behavior incidents.

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