Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Dave Boersema


The purpose of this analytical research paper is to expose the reader to the interruptions that take place both inside and outside the classroom. How these interruptions affect classroom learning · time, and how frequently they occur, are questions explored in this', paper. The qualitative style of research used in this paper exposes a classroom subject to behavior disruptions, intercom interruptions, administrative distractions as well as hallway traffic, which, combined, can essentially deplete classroom learning time. The form of the interruption and the length of time it lasts can vary according to the treatment given to it by the students, the teacher, and the school. The reality of interruptions is apparent to some degree in every school and should be better understood by teachers.