Factors that Influence Community in a Second Grade Performing Arts Classroom

This study explores the factors within a performing arts classroom environment that influence classroom community. Data was collected through student surveys and interviews as well as video observations. The findings show that routines have a positive impact on the classroom community when implemented in particular ways. The findings also show that the classroom environment overall is positive but that particular student relationships are challenging and influence how students work together. Implications focus on the implementation of routines, relationship building, and the understanding that not all classrooms operate the same.