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ERIC Number: ED561594
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-2512-7
Students' Lived Experiences with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program in Middle School
Coyle, Lisa A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study is to report the lived experiences of seventh and eighth grade students experiencing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in middle school. Although there is increasing popularity in the use of the PBIS system in schools throughout the country, there is little known about students' perceptions of the program. The researcher provided an opportunity for students to reflect on their personal feelings and thoughts about their experiences related to the PBIS program in their respective middle school. This study qualitatively reports the students' view of PBIS and the personal and interpersonal impact it had on them through investigating their responses to interview questions. Twenty-two interviews were conducted with gender and ethnicity equally represented from the two middle schools involved in the study. The results reflected that students were positive about their teachers, and the support they received from them. They also had some understanding about PBIS and insight regarding the reward tickets as a positive way of reinforcing appropriate behavior. Students reported feelings of happiness when they were recognized for positive behavior. Though it was shared that they would have continued to act appropriately whether reinforced or not, it was agreed that if a student witnessed someone being rewarded for following directions that student was influenced to do the right thing also, in order to gain similar positive recognition. School pride was expressed as students shared positive characteristics about their school and staff. The recommendations for future research reflecting student voice regarding PBIS implementation in schools will provide a more comprehensive understanding of the qualitative implications of the program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 7; Elementary Education; Grade 8
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Language: English
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