Year of Publication


Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Bernadine Bolden

Second Advisor

Dr. Donna Keenan

Third Advisor

Dr. William Herrold


The purpose of this study was to find out if a teacher’s verbal or nonverbal behavior is more successful in redirecting a student's attention in the classroom. Three specific student behaviors were observed---daydreaming, distractive talking, and doing assignments for another class. Three twelfth \ grade English teachers in a Duval County high school gave the observer permission to visit their classrooms and observe on ten different occasions over a period of eight weeks. Observation sheets were kept and tallied on each teacher. A total for all three teachers was then tallied and analyzed according to a chi-square routine. The results of the chi-square analysis showed no significance in the data at the .05 level. It was concluded that even though the results showed no Significance, the raw data showed a definite unique pattern for each teacher in the way that they successfully handled behavior problems in their classrooms.

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