Author

Kendra Stuart

Date of Award

Fall 11-2013

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Sherry DeVore

Second Advisor

Dr. Patricia Conner

Third Advisor

Dr. Terry Reid

Abstract

Classroom disruptions present an obstacle to raising student achievement for teachers and school administrators. This study was designed to investigate potential relationships between weather, specifically barometric pressure, or the lunar cycle, and whether either had a direct correlation with student discipline referrals. The intent was to discover trends concerning barometric pressure or lunar phases and their predictability on the number of discipline referrals. Data were collected on three years of elementary student discipline referrals and compared to barometric pressure readings and lunar phases over the same period. The study also surveyed elementary principals on current measures school districts are utilizing to combat potential obstacles to student achievement. A Pearson correlation coefficient was computed on the dependent variable, student disciplinary referrals, and the independent variables, barometric pressure and lunar phases. After analyzing student discipline data, historical barometric pressure readings, and lunar phases, results determined neither barometric pressure or a full or new moon were accepted as significant predictors of student discipline. Survey results, however, indicated a belief that weather has a strong effect on student behavior.

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