Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Trevor Turner, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Darrell Groves, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Barbara Hill, Ed.D.

Abstract

The goal of this study was to ascertain student and teacher perceptions of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) effectiveness as based on PBIS tiers and other select variables: school discipline, school safety, school climate, student acceptance of PBIS reward system and administrators’ implementation of PBIS policy. Through a Pearson r correlation, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and regression test based on survey results, this study revealed which variables have the greatest significance on PBIS effectiveness. Based on the findings, it was concluded that all variables: school discipline, school safety, school climate, student acceptance of PBIS reward system had a significant effect. Qualitative data of this study supported the findings of the strategical results. Also, it is noted that administrators’ implementation of discipline policy shown to be significant as a result of the qualitative data. Recommendations were suggested for school leaders, district leaders, policy makers and future research.