Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2019

Document Type



Teacher Education

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Andrew Huddleston


This study looked at the house system in an elementary setting to discover the students’, teachers’, and administrators’ perceptions of how it influences motivation and the community of the school. The researcher’s purpose was to understand if the participants felt that the elements of the house system motivated students to make positive choices and to see if the participants believed the house system influenced the community across campus. The data was collected through a student survey, observations, interviews with students, teacher, and the principal. The data was analyzed through the constant comparative method. The participants perceived that the house system allowed teachers to praise students easily. Students were able to recognize positive choices. The participants felt that the students were motivated by the common goal of their house or team. It was the community within the teams that motivated students to choose more positive choices in and outside the classroom.

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