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SELECTIVE SUPPORTS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF URBAN EDUCATORS' PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS

Valenti, Michael William (2011) SELECTIVE SUPPORTS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF URBAN EDUCATORS' PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh.

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    Responding to inappropriate student behavior is a significant challenge for many educators. Behavioral interventions and strategies are tools that teachers can use to reduce the occurrence of difficult behaviors while promoting positive alternatives. Factors that influence teacher selection of behavioral interventions are well-documented by the literature. However, which interventions teachers actually use has received much less attention. This paper provides an exploratory review of the preferred behavioral interventions and strategies of a large sample of urban school teachers.Participants responded to an anonymous online survey which asks how often teachers use different interventions and strategies. Results were reviewed to uncover which strategies teachers use the most/least often, whether teachers match intervention intrusiveness to the severity of problem behavior, and to determine if teachers use evidence-based practices more often than those that are not evidence-based. Results demonstrate that teachers are familiar with most of the interventions in the survey and use them to varying degrees of frequency. In addition, teachers report that they use evidence-based practices more frequently than interventions that are not evidence-based. However, teachers may not always match intervention intrusiveness to the severity of problem behaviors. Implications for school administrators and teacher trainers, as well as recommendations for improving professional development are discussed.


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    Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
    ETD Committee:
    ETD Committee TypeCommittee MemberEmailORCID
    Committee ChairKerr, Mary Margaretmmkerr@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberJohnson, Carljohnson@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.edu
    Committee MemberKlein, Rogerklein@pitt.edu
    Title: SELECTIVE SUPPORTS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF URBAN EDUCATORS' PREFERRED BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS
    Status: Unpublished
    Abstract: Responding to inappropriate student behavior is a significant challenge for many educators. Behavioral interventions and strategies are tools that teachers can use to reduce the occurrence of difficult behaviors while promoting positive alternatives. Factors that influence teacher selection of behavioral interventions are well-documented by the literature. However, which interventions teachers actually use has received much less attention. This paper provides an exploratory review of the preferred behavioral interventions and strategies of a large sample of urban school teachers.Participants responded to an anonymous online survey which asks how often teachers use different interventions and strategies. Results were reviewed to uncover which strategies teachers use the most/least often, whether teachers match intervention intrusiveness to the severity of problem behavior, and to determine if teachers use evidence-based practices more often than those that are not evidence-based. Results demonstrate that teachers are familiar with most of the interventions in the survey and use them to varying degrees of frequency. In addition, teachers report that they use evidence-based practices more frequently than interventions that are not evidence-based. However, teachers may not always match intervention intrusiveness to the severity of problem behaviors. Implications for school administrators and teacher trainers, as well as recommendations for improving professional development are discussed.
    Date: 13 May 2011
    Date Type: Completion
    Defense Date: 05 April 2011
    Approval Date: 13 May 2011
    Submission Date: 12 April 2011
    Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
    Patent pending: No
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
    Refereed: Yes
    Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
    URN: etd-04122011-131645
    Uncontrolled Keywords: positive behavior support; school discipline; student behavior; teacher training; behavioral interventions; urban educators
    Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
    Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 14:36
    Last Modified: 01 May 2012 15:57
    Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-04122011-131645/, etd-04122011-131645

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