Date of Conferral
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Teacher education programs focus on preparing teachers to instruct students, but they usually do not focus on preparing teachers to manage students’ behavior, which may prevent teachers from providing effective instruction. This project study evaluated a classroom behavior management model, CHAMPS, designed to help teachers manage student behavior so they can focus their time and energy on instruction and student success. Positive Behavior Systems (PBS), used in the field of behavioral management, served as the theoretical foundation for this study. The evaluation design followed Stufflebeam’s (2003) Context, Input, Process, and Product (CIPP) by employing the outcome-based approach, which evaluated the extent to which a program is meeting predetermined outcomes and objectives. The open-ended research questions explored whether the classroom management system accomplished its goal of guiding teachers in making effective decisions about managing behavior. Data were collected from a researcher-created qualitative questionnaire and phone interviews from a purposeful sample of 7 elementary school teachers who attended all 5 CHAMPS training sessions and who implemented CHAMPS strategies in their classrooms. Qualitative data were open coded and reoccurring themes including connections, support, structure, teach, and model were identified and interpreted for meaning. The findings indicated that CHAMPS, as a model for classroom management, successfully guided these participants in making effective decisions about managing students’ behavior. This study may contribute to a greater understanding of effective classroom management strategies and awareness of classroom behavior management issues for teachers, administrators, and district stakeholders.