Effectiveness Of Positive Behavioral Interventions And Supports ( Pbis )

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Methodology Chapter

Introduction

In this chapter the researcher will determine and describe the methods used to acquire data through action research to make a determination on the effectiveness of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), both quantitatively and qualitatively, in reducing office referrals and improving school climate. In order to gain a more thorough understanding of the problem and answer each question, the researcher will examine how discipline data from the previous school year (2015-2016) compares to the current year (2016-2017) in a Title I middle school. PBIS, a framework that seeks to improve school climate through a decrease in nonconformity to established school norms, consists of three tiers of support. The first tier focuses on the school (if initiated school-wide) or class (if individual teacher initiated). At this tier, the teacher consciously and deliberately teaches the students what the established norms mean, why they are important, and what they look like in a school setting. At the second tier, a specific group is targeted. For example, a Language Live class that is consistently and collectively off task and disruptive may be the target group. Tier III provides support for specific individual students. For example, a student with truancy issues may be targeted for failure to attend school regularly. In a PBIS school, this student would be rewarded for attendance, rather than punished for absences. This…

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