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ERIC Number: ED002702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Aug
Pages: 38
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STUDENT BEHAVIOR IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, 1964.
IWAMOTO, DAVID; LEE, BEATRICE C.
REALIZING THAT UNRULY AND UNSOCIAL CONDUCT BY SCHOOL STUDENTS MAY IMPEDE THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS AND MAY CREATE MANY PROBLEMS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, THE NEA RESEARCH DIVISION, IN 1964, SENT A QUESTIONNAIRE TO 1,219 TEACHERS OF 380 SCHOOL DISTRICTS. DATA PRESENTED IN THE REPORT ARE BASED ON A RETURN OF 1,125 QUESTIONNAIRES, OR 92.3 PERCENT OF THOSE MAILED. OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY WERE TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE A VOICE IN DETERMINING SCHOOL POLICY ON DISCIPLINE AND WHETHER TEACHERS THINK THEY HAVE ENOUGH AUTHORITY TO MAINTAIN DISCIPLINE, TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF MISBEHAVIOR IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS, AND TO DETERMINE WHAT FACTORS TEACHERS BELIEVE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR. THE GENERAL BEHAVIOR LEVEL IN MOST CLASSES WAS RATED AS EXCELLENT OR GOOD. PRACTICALLY ALL CLASSES OF ABOVE AVERAGE ABILITY WERE REPORTED AS EXCELLENT OR GOOD IN BEHAVIOR, WHILE LESS THAN HALF OF THE BELOW-ABILITY CLASSES WERE CONSIDERED WELL-BEHAVED. BEST BEHAVED GROUPS WERE THOSE IN COCURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES, WHILE LEAST BEHAVED GROUPS WERE IN SUCH LARGE GROUP ACTIVITIES AS MUSIC, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND STUDY HALLS. MORE THAN HALF THE TEACHERS REPORTED THAT THEY HAD AN IMPORTANT VOICE IN DETERMINING POLICIES GOVERNING DISCIPLINE IN THEIR SCHOOL, WHILE A MAJORITY REPORTED THAT THEY HAD ALL THE RIGHTS AND AUTHORITY NEEDED TO MAINTAIN EFFECTIVE CONTROL OVER STUDENTS. NINE TYPES OF STUDENT MISBEHAVIOR WERE LISTED, AND NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF TEACHERS REPORTED THAT LACK OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR ASSIGNMENTS, DUTIES, OR COMMITMENTS WAS WIDESPREAD. TEACHER OPINION ASSIGNED MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISBEHAVIOR TO IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS, UNSATISFACTORY HOME CONDITIONS, AND LACK OF HOME TRAINING IN MORAL AND SPIRITUAL VALUES. FINDINGS ON EACH QUESTION ARE PRESENTED IN DETAIL AND A SAMPLE OF THE FOUR-PAGE QUESTIONNAIRE IS INCLUDED.
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA