Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Pat Kornelis


This action research study investigated the perceptions of students regarding two discipline methods, Restorative Discipline (RD) and Assertive Discipline (AD), at American Christian Academy, Nigeria. The total number of participants was sixty-six students from grades seven through nine. Participants were divided into two groups: grade seven (experimental group) and grades eight and nine (control group). The experimental group was exposed explicitly to the Restorative Discipline Method for four weeks while the control group continued to be exposed to the Assertive Discipline Method (the norm in the school). At the end of four weeks, both groups were given a questionnaire containing ten questions each for both discipline methods (RD and AD). A comparison of the responses within each group and between the groups was carried out. The results of the study suggested that the difference in perceptions of both groups to RD and AD was not statistically significantly. There was also an indication that a blend of both discipline methods will benefit American Christian Academy.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education