Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Trauma-Informed Practices in Schools
by Scott, Kendra, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2020, 133; 27838391
Abstract (Summary)

Trauma impacts brain development, language, social and emotional regulation, and school performance (Stateman-Weil, 2015). Educators can positively influence student achievement when the impacts of trauma are understood (Terrasi & de Galarce, 2017). This study involved the analysis of secondary data and teacher perceptions to determine the impact of trauma-informed programming on student achievement in the areas of discipline, absenteeism, and special education referrals. Data were collected through a mixed-methods study. The quantitative portion of the study involved an analysis of secondary data in the areas of in-school suspension incidents, out-of-school suspension incidents, average daily attendance percentages, and the number of special education referrals. The qualitative portion of the study involved an analysis of the perceptions of trauma-informed team members. When comparing the three years before implementation of trauma-informed programming and the two years after implementation, the secondary data revealed there was not a significant difference in the areas of in-school suspension incidents, out-of-school suspension incidents, average daily attendance percentages, and the number of special education referrals. The qualitative data revealed seven themes to support trauma-informed programming: trauma training, relationship-building, staff self-care, school-wide behavior systems, self-regulation, mind-shift, and providing safe learning environments for all students. Trauma-informed programming is feasible and sustainable when all stakeholders allow a paradigm shift supporting trauma-informed practices, policies, and school climate (MODESE, 2019).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fransen, Shelly
Commitee: Brenner, Michelle, DeVore, Sherry
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 81/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational evaluation, Education philosophy
Keywords: School performance, Student achievement, Trauma training
Publication Number: 27838391
ISBN: 9798617025103
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