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ERIC Number: ED569816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 121
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3039-4898-5
An Action Research Case Study of an Office of Civil Rights Compliance Review in a Diverse Urban Southeast Texas School District
Dupre, Charles E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lamar University - Beaumont
The purpose of this case study was to examine the perspectives and disciplinary practices of teachers and administrators in one school that demonstrated the least disproportionality of disciplinary referrals between African American students and other student groups. The researcher determined that a qualitative action research case study conducted at one middle school would provide insight into teacher mindset and practices, to serve as the basis of a corrective plan to be used by the district in proactively addressing established patterns of disproportionate discipline referral. The setting for the case study was a diverse urban public school district in southeast Texas that was the subject of a U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Compliance Review. The school studied demonstrated the least disproportionality in disciplinary referrals among the five middle schools identified for review by the OCR. Data were collected through face-to-face focus group interviews with teachers and administrators at the study school. Findings from the study revealed five key perspectives and practices that may have led to more proportionate disciplinary referrals. The researcher also considered additional factors that may explain why disproportionate disciplinary referrals continue to occur at the school. This study provides school leaders with suggestions for specific actions that may support efforts to reduce discipline referral gaps. [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas