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date: 24 November 2020

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The use of punitive discipline systems in schools establishes the foundation of coercive dynamics. Adults all too often establish aversive contingencies that inadvertently prompt and maintain unwanted behavior by students. Three recent themes in addressing school discipline systems include (1) emphasizing reward of desired behavior above punishment of undesired behavior, (2) implementing systems of support at the whole-school level, and (3) introducing a “multitiered” approach to discipline systems that matches the level of support to the need of the student. These three themes are linked within a schoolwide approach labeled “positive behavioral interventions and supports” (PBIS). The chapter presents the core features of School-wide PBIS and describes how those features reduce the detrimental impact of coercive dynamics.

Keywords: coercion, school, student, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, PBIS

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