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Suspension and Expulsion in Preschool Early Childhood Settings: A Mixed Methods Investigation

Murtha, Lori (2017) Suspension and Expulsion in Preschool Early Childhood Settings: A Mixed Methods Investigation. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Suspensions and expulsions in early childhood programs have become a concern at national, state, and local levels (Gilliam, 2005; Gilliam & Shahar, 2006). This concern has resulted in direction from the federal government for state government to develop guidance to lead local programs in the development of policy to address this issue of concern. This study sought to
understand how preschool early childhood programs in one county in Western Pennsylvania are addressing behaviors of concern in young children by identifying current disciplinary practices in these programs. Additionally, the study examined the existing gaps in policy and staff training related to behavioral concerns. Specifically, the study utilized mixed research methods to examine the rates of suspension and expulsion in the participating preschool programs as well as the self-identified needs of each preschool in terms of providing positive behavior supports in response to behaviors of concern. Programs were asked to participate in a survey and interviews that examined their demographics, their need for assistance in policy development, and their professional development needs with regard to positive behavior supports. Data from this study will be used to assist preschool programs in future development of policy and procedure aimed at the significant reduction of suspensions and expulsions in preschool early childhood settings.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Murtha, Lorilam225@pitt.edulam225
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKokina,
Committee MemberKaczmarek,
Committee MemberKennedy,
Date: 7 August 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 3 May 2017
Approval Date: 7 August 2017
Submission Date: 7 August 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 99
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: preschool, suspension, expulsion
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 19:27
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 19:27


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