Campus Location

Abilene Campus

Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2020

Document Type



Teacher Education

Degree Name

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning

First Advisor

Andrew Huddleston


Positive student-student and student-teacher relationships are the cornerstone to a strong classroom community, and one way to strengthen these relationships is through the use of circle time. The purpose of this study was to discover how students and the teacher perceive circle time. In addition, the researcher wanted to know what type of relationship the students and teacher see between circle time, classroom community, and student attitudes toward school. The researcher collected data through the use of student surveys, teacher and student interviews, and headnotes, and the data was analyzed using the constant comparative method for recurring themes. The researcher found five major themes through this analysis. These themes that emerged included positive perceptions, negative perceptions, themed days, circle time and school, and classroom community. This study may be helpful to other educators considering implementing circle time into their classrooms.

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