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 addressed the topic of students with consistent challenging behaviors and their perceptions of school, teachers, education, and needs. The author was a preservice teacher serving her clinical teaching internship in an eighth-grade Spanish Level 1 classroom. The goal of the study was to better understand students with numerous referrals, or that identified as “bad students.” For this study, the author collected data in the form of surveys, student interviews, and classroom observations. The students were asked about their experiences in school, with teachers, and their feelings about their education. Their behavior was also observed. Utilizing the constant comparative method, the author analyzed for major themes, which ultimately included the following: characteristics that the students dislike in teachers, their apathy towards discipline, their acknowledgement of needing teachers and education, desire for agency, their perceptions of the school work given to them, and what they claim they need.

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