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School-wide positive behaviour support as evidence-making interventions

journal contribution
posted on 01.11.2021, 00:00 authored by Tim CorcoranTim Corcoran, Matthew ThomasMatthew Thomas
Global implementation of School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) has grown considerably over the last forty years. SWPBS seeks to provide a multi-tiered approach to strategically frame integrated actions responding to matters of wellbeing, discipline and punishment in schools using Evidence-Based Interventions (EBIs). In this respect, EBIs rely on what are presumed to be value-free, reliably generated data which direct the selection, implementation and monitoring of SWPBS in schools. The paper begins by exploring how SWPBS is understood via implementation science. Following an outline of standard SWPBS EBI practice, discussion turns to instead consider this work as Evidence-Making Interventions (EMIs). To do so, first we outline how our before-the-fact anticipations influence relationships and disciplinary actions as they are realised in schools through EBIs. Our focus then turns to explain how SWPBS interventions, using multi-tiered systems of support and technology as examples, might be understood and enacted differently if engaged as EMIs. In conclusion, school-based relationships are subsequently reconsidered as a confluence of human (teachers and students) and non-human (data and policy) liaisons always and already subject to each other’s next move.

History

Journal

Research in Education

Volume

111

Issue

1

Article number

ARTN 00345237211034884

Pagination

108 - 125

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD

ISSN

0034-5237

eISSN

2050-4608

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal