First Advisor

Hulac, David

First Committee Member

Kriescher, Stephanie

Second Committee Member

Peterson, Phillip Eric

Third Committee Member

Cieminski, Amie

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether after participation in the classroom management intervention (GBG), students would perform better in a behavioral measure of selfregulation than those who did not receive the intervention (business-as-usual group). In total, 48 preschool students across four classrooms were either assigned to a treatment or control group. The treatment groups completed a one-day behavioral intervention during circle time, whereas classes in the control groups were conducted business-as-usual. All participants completed a preand posttest measure of self-regulation (head toes knees shoulders). The analysis method was two-pronged, consisting of a two-way, mixed methods ANOVA performed to test the difference between pre- and posttest scores to ascertain whether participation in the intervention affected the results and a two-way repeated measures within-subjects ANCOVA to determine if any confounding variables had an impact on score differences between the pre- and posttest. Results indicated a significant, overall effect on pre- and posttest performance on HTKS scores, regardless of group assignment. The results of this study suggested that participation in the behavioral intervention did not result in a statistically significant change on the self-regulation measure. Furthermore, the main effects, covariates, or interactions between pre- and posttest differences and individual factors were not significant. Results indicated that participation in circle time may influence a child’s ability to self-regulate but the occurrence of a practice effect may have affected these results due to the pre-test/posttest design of the study.

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self-regulation; preschool; Good Behavior Game; Head Toes Knees Shoulders


154 pages

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