Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Ruth L. Meese, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Timothy Landrum, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Frank J. Howe, Ph.D.


The purpose of this research study was two fold. First, the researcher wanted to determine from which conceptual model regarding classroom management techniques Virginia 's SED teachers predominantly function . Second, the use of physical restraint as a behavior management technique in the public schools was investigated. Both of these issues were addressed by 154 of Virginia's SED teachers in a questionnaire developed by the researcher. The questionnaire consisted of opened ended questions, likert scales and fifteen scenarios designed to determine the predominant conceptual model used by SED teachers. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the information recorded on the questionnaire. The results of this study provided several important points to be considered. From the responses on the fifteen scenarios the psychoeducational model was reported to be the predominant model used by SED teachers. Lastly, the reported lack of training and established guidelines for the use of physical restraint within the schools must be addressed immediately by school administrators .



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