Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Mike Steele


The purpose of this qualitative study was to identify how students respond to their own failure when it occurs in the classroom. This study compared the behaviors of male students to female students. The data obtained in this study came from classroom observations, student questionnaire responses (see Appendix A), and teacher and student interviews. Some gender differences were found in students' coping mechanisms when dealing , with personal failure.