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ERIC Number: EJ1149031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1938-2243
Implementation of Culturally Relevant School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
McGoey, Kara E.; Munro, Avi Baron; McCobin, Allison; Miller, Alison
School Psychology Forum, v10 n2 p134-141 Sum 2016
School-wide positive behavioral support (SWPBS) is an evidence-based strategy to alter the school environment by improving procedures to promote appropriate behaviors of all students. Although research has indicated that SWPBS is an empirically supported and effective intervention in reducing disruptive behaviors in most students, results have found that it is not as effective in students from historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups. Therefore, it is important that SWPBS be culturally responsive to the ethnic groups served at the school. Cultural responsiveness refers to using the knowledge of that culture or performance styles of ethnically diverse students to make learning more relevant and effective. The purpose of this article is to describe the details, implementation, and results of the first 5 years of the Mensch Project, a culturally responsive SWPBS implemented in an urban Jewish community day school. Cultural adaptations were successful in providing a structured social-emotional support system for the school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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