Date of Award

Fall 12-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. D. Joe Olmi

Committee Chair Department

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Dr. Brad Dufrene

Committee Member 2 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Dr. Heather Sterling

Committee Member 3 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 4

Dr. Sterett Mercer

Committee Member 4 Department

Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a schoolhome note (SHN) for increasing academic productivity and decreasing disruptive classroom behaviors of four middle high school students identified as at-risk for failure and/or dropout. Participants included four students from a middle school in a southern state referred for behavioral problems and low academic productivity. A changing criterion design with a withdrawal was employed to assess intervention effectiveness. Students’ levels of academic productivity and appropriate behavior were assessed using SHN point data. Percentage of disruptive behavior, weekly rates of office discipline referrals (ODRs), and frequencies of in-school suspension (ISS) and out-of-school suspensions (OSS) data were also collected. Results indicated that the SHN was an effective intervention resulting in increased rates of on-task and academic productivity behaviors for three of four participants. Additionally, participants, teachers, and parents rated the intervention as effective. The current study contributes to the literature by illustrating the efficacy of the use of the SHN with middle school students.

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