Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor

Second Advisor

Donna Patterson


The outlook for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities is not a hopeful one. In schools these students are often separated from their peers and miss out on many opportunities to engage in unique experiences because of their behavior. Public Achievement can provide these students with an opportunity to engage in real-world experiences and positively impact issues that matter to them. This opportunity can impact how students view themselves, their behavior and their abilities. This research presents the student perspective on Public Achievement. Findings show that students view Public Achievement as having a positive impact on their lives in and outside of school.


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