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A Comparative Evaluation to Determine the Effectiveness of the Behaviour Support Classrooms and other Positive Behaviour Management Interventions in Designated Disadvantaged Schools

Wickham, Iain (2010) A Comparative Evaluation to Determine the Effectiveness of the Behaviour Support Classrooms and other Positive Behaviour Management Interventions in Designated Disadvantaged Schools. Doctor of Education thesis, Dublin City University.

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Abstract

Twelve designated disadvantaged secondary schools were involved in the research, which looked at the different approaches for dealing with inappropriate student behaviour. Six of the schools are currently involved with the National Behaviour Support Service (NBSS) in the piloting of the Behaviour Support Classrooms (BSCs) for seriously disruptive students. For comparative purposes six other schools who did not have this additional resource were studied, to determine how they go about dealing with student misbehaviour. The aim of my study is to evaluate whether the BSCs are the best way forward for schools experiencing high levels of disruptive student behaviour, and to determine how the schools without this facility manage to deal with serious behavioural incidents. My research participants included principals, year heads and personnel working in the BSCs. After considering the different research paradigms, I decided that pragmatism was the most suitable for answering my research question. I opted for a mixed methods approach in the expectation that it would expand on my understanding of the issues around student behaviour. Initially I made use of questionnaires, and these were followed by semi-structured interviews. Analysis of the qualitative data was by the constant comparative method. The quantitative data was provided from analysis of the questionnaires and school data, looking at critical performance indicators such as attendance, punctuality, detention and suspension rates. The theoretical lens for my research was utilization-focused evaluation, rather than trying to reach out to all stakeholders I only involved those that would best represent the interests and views of others. In my conclusion, I give a number of recommendations on why I believe that the BSCs are the best way forward for certain schools operating in challenging circumstances.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctor of Education)
Date of Award:22 September 2010
Refereed:No
Supervisor(s):McNamara, Gerry
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Education Studies
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:15693
Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 16:38 by Gerry McNamara. Last Modified 04 Apr 2011 16:38

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