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Be the Leader of Your Class: Applying Leadership Behaviors to Manage Student Conduct and Performance

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Classroom Management

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New Engineering Educators

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24.223.1 - 24.223.20



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Ralph Ocon Purdue University Calumet

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Be the Leader of Your Class: Applying Leadership Behaviors to Manage Student Conduct and PerformanceAbstractUniversity faculty, especially those who are just beginning their careers, are confrontedwith many professional challenges. The criteria required for promotion, includingscholarly activities, service initiatives, and teaching various courses, leave many facultywith little time to develop teaching effectiveness.Classroom management is a critical concern in academia. Unfortunately, most universityfaculty have not had any formal training on classroom management. Consequently, manyare left on their own to figure out how to competently teach and manage their students’behavior and performance. Often, faculty resort to trial and error experimentation, withsome imitating the techniques used by experienced colleagues or former instructors.Fortunately, successful classroom management skills can be learned and developed. Theauthor’s experience as a teacher and industrial supervisory-leadership trainer helped himto recognize that many leadership challenges are similar to those encountered byteachers. As a result, the author began experimenting with a leadership approach forclassroom management that applies leadership behaviors to manage student conduct andperformance.In the paper, the author will compare behaviors used in leadership with the managementof student classroom conduct and performance. The paper will identify the benefitsderived from the leadership approach to classroom management. The author will describethe leadership behaviors used in his course to manage student conduct and performance.Also, the paper will provide ideas for technology and engineering faculty on how theycan integrate the leadership approach with their courses.

Ocon, R. (2014, June), Be the Leader of Your Class: Applying Leadership Behaviors to Manage Student Conduct and Performance Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20114

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