Harper, Ilene Brown (2017-12). High School Leaders' Perceptions on Disproportionality in School Discipline among African-American Students. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • National trends indicate that systemic disparities in school discipline are evident by race. Students of color, for instance, are more likely than White students to be suspended from school. School-level policies and practices, as well as conditions in the community contribute to the disparate impact of school discipline among African- American students. In Texas, African-American students are disproportionately more likely to be removed from the classroom for disciplinary reasons. While the federal government has provided guidance on how positive discipline policies can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions, the problem is very complex in that there are many factors working against African- American students. With the need for discipline to be directly aligned with instructional strategies and classroom expectations, there is a demand for more research-based practices to address student behaviors from a culturally relevant perspective. Furthermore, acknowledging that more than 40 years of research exist documenting the problem, there is very limited qualitative research on effective practices. Through this phenomenological study, I provide insight to the school leaders' perceptions of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Culturally Responsive Instructional Leadership (CRIL) in response to disproportionality in school discipline of African- American students. Likewise, a seven-step model for implementing PBIS with CRIL to address disproportionality in school discipline of African-American students is presented for practitioners.
  • National trends indicate that systemic disparities in school discipline are evident
    by race. Students of color, for instance, are more likely than White students to be
    suspended from school. School-level policies and practices, as well as conditions in the
    community contribute to the disparate impact of school discipline among African-
    American students. In Texas, African-American students are disproportionately more
    likely to be removed from the classroom for disciplinary reasons. While the federal
    government has provided guidance on how positive discipline policies can help create
    safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions, the
    problem is very complex in that there are many factors working against African-
    American students.

    With the need for discipline to be directly aligned with instructional strategies
    and classroom expectations, there is a demand for more research-based practices to
    address student behaviors from a culturally relevant perspective. Furthermore,
    acknowledging that more than 40 years of research exist documenting the problem, there
    is very limited qualitative research on effective practices. Through this
    phenomenological study, I provide insight to the school leaders' perceptions of Positive
    Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Culturally Responsive Instructional
    Leadership (CRIL) in response to disproportionality in school discipline of African-
    American students. Likewise, a seven-step model for implementing PBIS with CRIL to
    address disproportionality in school discipline of African-American students is presented
    for practitioners.

publication date

  • December 2017