Date of Award


Degree Name

Special Education


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

First Advisor

Lori Howard


Students classified as having emotional and behavior disorders are students who struggle with controlling their behavior and emotions. Students with behavior disorders have been integrated into classrooms, but often they are removed from the general education classroom because of inappropriate behaviors. This problem becomes perpetual and causes deficits in many academic subjects for students with EBD. Direct observations (DO) are often used to track behavior performance in the classroom and to determine eligibility. The purpose of this research is to determine if there is a relation between the number of direct observations of high school students with behavior disorders and their grades and behavior. Results indicate that there is a low degree of positive correlation between the frequency of observations and both grades and observation scores. Completing more observations increased both grades and observation scores although this relationship was low.


CISP 615 Special Education Research


Students with social disabilities -- Education.

Students with disabilities -- Education.