Date of Award
Project (696 or 796 registration)
Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction
effects, flexible seating, autonomy, on-task behaviors, lower elementary
This 2021 study focused on the effects of traditional and flexible seating had on student engagements and autonomy in second and third grade students. The focus was to see which type of seating most benefit student focus, attention, attitude, and morale. Students were observed in four increments per day for four weeks. The first two weeks focused on traditional seating and the second two weeks were focused on flexible seating. Students were also given a survey to present their preferences on both types of seating, traditional and flexible. The research took place in two North Dakota Elementary schools during independent literacy centers, also known as Daily 5. The data and results were as follows. There was not a significant difference between on and off task behaviors for the two seating options. Trends in data showed preference was a significant factor in student engagement. Giving students a choice proved to be beneficial to the learning outcomes.
Van Veen, Jessica and Lindell, Lindsey, "Effects of Flexible Seating in the Lower Elementary Classrooms" (2021). Dissertations, Theses, and Projects. 548.