The Effect of Leadership Skills Lessons on Students’ Rates and Types of Discipline Problems
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of providing leadership skills training lessons on students’ rate and types of disciplinary problems. The study followed a one-group pretest/posttest design. Participants included 17 girls enrolled in grades seven and eight. These particular students were selected for the study based upon their history of negative behavior issues. The pre-intervention data collected provided a baseline rate regarding referrals, suspensions, expulsions, and minor incident referrals (MIRs) for each participant for two weeks before the treatment. The post-intervention data sources were the referrals, suspensions, expulsions, and MIRs for two weeks after the treatment to determine if the intervention affected the disciplinary incident rates. The null hypotheses that the rate of disciplinary problems as reflected in office referrals, suspensions, expulsions, and MRIs of the participating students would not change due to being taught leadership skills each were retained. There either were no incidences or no significant differences in rates of referrals, suspensions, expulsions, and MIRs in the pre-and post-intervention intervals. Future research that would include a longer intervention period, inclusion of a control group, and considerations for student development is recommended.