Teachers' Perspectives of a Middle School's In-school Suspension Program: A Case Study

Teachers' Perspectives of a Middle School's In-school Suspension Program: A Case Study

Author: 
Amanda M. C. Yankey
Program of study: 
Ed.D./CI
Abstract: 
The purpose of this single, explanatory case study was to explore the core course teachers' perceptions of an in-school suspension program in a rural middle school. The central research question was: how do core course teachers perceive the in-school suspension program? The participants were 12 core course teachers in one rural middle school. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews, documentations, observations from the participants and the interviewee. The face-to-face interview included eight open-ended questions. NVivo 10® was used for data analysis to organize the collected data into nodes and word frequency queries to assist in developing themes. Four major themes emerged: lack of deterrence for student behaviors, instructional time improvement and lost for students, supervisor’s shortcoming as program leader, and social isolation of students. Recommendations for educational leaders include the creation of a mission for the in-school suspension program, selection of an appropriate leader for the program, routine establishment for work assignment and collection, and the creation of behavioral curriculum. Recommendations for future researchers include changes of the research methods, modification of research design, broadening range of participants, and broadening of the geographic location.
Dedication: 
This dissertation is dedicated to my husband, Kyle Yankey, and my parents, Douglas and Teresa Crorken who have provided constant support and encouragement during the challenges of school and life. I am truly blessed to have them in my life.
Acknowledgements: 
I would like to thank God for providing me the support system and academic ability to complete this difficult journey; without him none of this would have been possible. Additionally, I would like to thank my dissertation chair, Dr. Libi Shen, and committee members, Dr. Brent Müirhead and Dr. Sean Preston for their commitment to my success. I would also like to thank the participants of this study for their time and honesty in providing their experiences. I would like to thank my family and colleagues for their undying support of my educational adventure. Finally, I would like to thank a dedicated administrator, Mr. Lance Moran, for his commitment to my success and for the conversations that sparked this study