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“If They’re on Tier l, There Are Really no Concerns That We Can See:” PBIs Medicalizes Complaint Behavior

Inclusive school leaders consider students showing disorderly behavior as their most vexing problem. Seeking to move away from disciplinary responses, they regard Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as their most useful systematic tool. The purpose of this research was to understand the discourses that leaders employed in one phase of that work: establishing Tier I universal protocols and expectations.

Author: Joshua Bornstein

Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research
2015, Vol. 9, 247–267

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