Research has suggested that students from underserved and underrepresented backgrounds (e.g., students of color and those with disabilities) have received higher rates of exclusionary discipline (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) than their peers who are White and without disability. Various interventions have been implemented to address this issue; however, disproportional disciplinary practices remain an area of concern for school leaders and researchers. The current article posits an alternative approach to this issue through reframing how we think of education and exclusionary discipline. Addressing behavior through the lens of behavioral functioning allows for teachers and administrators to be able to better pinpoint “why” a student is engaging in a behavior that may lead to disciplinary infractions. This approach can help with disproportional disciplinary practices as determining behavioral functioning helps to drive effective intervention, which, when implemented with fidelity, should reduce the need to remove the student from class. Supplemental data for this article is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/1045988X.2021.1937023.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Preventing School Failure|
|State||Published - 2021|
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- behavior functioning
- Disciplinary practices
- students of color
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology