Journal of Critical Issues in Educational Practice

Volume 13, Number 1 (2024)


Welcome to Volume 13, Issue 1 of Journal of Critical Issues in Educational Practice. In this issue, you will find:

- a student research article supported by university faculty and an exemplar of this type of collaboration. Collaboratively, they investigated the use of positive reinforcement in behavior management. The ongoing issue of classroom management has been addressed with findings that provide guidance to support the effective implementation of Positive Behavioral interventions and Supports (PBIS).

- an article that examines the important issue of culturally proficient educational practice.

- a report on INTO LIGHT, a project that created a venue to rescue the living stories of those who died of drug overdose.

- an article that considers issues affecting first-generation college students. Absent a family tradition, many of these students are considered more vulnerable and in need of alternative support systems. Implications for how these students can be successful is discussed.

Here's wishing you the best of 2024 and blessings to all!

Dr. Angela Clark Louque

Dr. Stanley Swartz



A Mixed Method Study of Teachers' Perception of Positive Reinforcement for Behavior Management
Maricela B. Aceves Ed.D., Debra L. Cote Ph.D., Sue Singh Ph.D., Ayako Shweikle Ph.D., and Shannon L. Sparks Ph.D.