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ERIC Number: EJ1090509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: EISSN-1538-4799
Individual- and School-Level Predictors of Student Office Disciplinary Referrals
Martinez, Andrew; McMahon, Susan D.; Treger, Stan
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v24 n1 p30-41 Mar 2016
Research has widely documented the over-representation of office disciplinary referrals (ODRs) among specific student groups (e.g., African American, boys). Despite extant research documenting individual-level predictors of ODRs, few studies have accounted for the nested structure of the settings in which these events occur. Guided by critical race theory and social-ecological theory, this study uses multilevel modeling to examine individual- and school-level predictors of student ODRs. Archival data were examined among 1,442 students in a high-poverty urban school district. The majority of students were male (66.4%), African American (56.2%), and in middle school (63.2%). Results revealed that individual-level characteristics significantly predicted student disciplinary referrals even when accounting for school-level variables. Racial/ethnic-minority concentration was positively associated with ODRs for physically aggressive behavior. Finally, results revealed moderation effects, such that schools with lower student-teacher ratios had more ODRs for physically aggressive behavior among students in elementary school grades. Schools with higher student-teacher ratios had more ODRs for insubordination among middle school students. This study illustrates that disproportionality among African American students remains, even when compared with other ethnic-minority groups within a high-poverty urban context, and that school-level factors (e.g., racial/ethnic concentration, student-teacher ratio) are associated with office referral rates. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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