Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership



First Reader/Committee Chair

Schnorr, Donna


The purpose of this study was to explore the extent to which teachers’ pupil control ideology relates to teachers’ management beliefs and their perceived relationships with their students. A mixed methods approach was used to explore the correlations between teachers’ pupil control ideology, classroom management beliefs, and their perceived student-teacher relationships, with pupil control ideology as the basis for teachers’ beliefs and attitudes about control. This study included 34 middle school participants from a school district that serves low income students of color. Significant correlations were identified between teachers’ years in the profession and control ideologies, with qualitative results providing additional descriptive analysis regarding teachers’ perceptions of their relationships with students. The findings within this study indicate that teacher years in the profession and control ideologies need to be taken into consideration by school site administrators when looking at teacher-student relationships. In order to facilitate growth and community between teachers and students in the classroom, awareness of teacher ideologies is key to helping build positive relationships with their students.