Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor


Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic needs of children by creating a warrn classroom environment. Responsive Classroom incorporates ten classroom practices into its educational framework. These classroom practices consist of: morning meeting, rule creation, interactive modeling, positive teacher language, logical consequences, guided discovery, academic choice, classroom organization, working with families, and collaborative problem solving. Through the use of in- depth interviews, this study seeks to explore student perceptions of Responsive Classroom based on a specific population of urban students. Themes that emerged from the interviews were: (l) Responsive Classroom establishes a warrn classroom community; (2) Responsive Classroom promotes positive interaction through teamwork; (3) Responsive Classroom teaches responsibility through academic choice; (4) Responsive Classroom provides accountability for actions through logical consequences; and (5) Greater education is received through the use of principles and classroom practices of Responsive Classroom.


SC 11.MAE.2011.Jones.JL