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ERIC Number: ED179328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 15
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The Attitudes of Latino Parents Toward School Disciplinary Measures.
Ogletree, Earl J.; Rodriguez, Margarita
To determine the attitudes of Latino parents toward school discipline of elementary children, a questionnaire was sent to families of 120 first, third, and fourth grade Latino students in a Chicago public school. The parents were Spanish-speaking Mexican Americans of low socioeconomic status; some were recent arrivals from Mexico and others were long-time U.S. residents. The questionnaire, which was in both Spanish and English, contained 30 open-ended items related to three general questions: (1) Should schools use corporal punishment? (2) If so, who should be the disciplinarian and what form should punishment take? (3) If not, what forms of discipline would parents favor? The use of corporal punishment in the school was favored by 39% of the parents and rejected by 45%; 16% were undecided. Those favoring corporal punishment indicated that the punishment should be administered by the teacher, using the hand. The majority of those rejecting corporal punishment felt that embarrassing the child and standing the child in the classroom or hallway were acceptable forms of discipline. The parents' rejection of corporal punishment--unexpected in the light of traditional Latino child rearing practices, which include strict discipline and the use of corporal punishment with younger children--may reflect the parents' distrust of the school or their assimilation of American child rearing practices. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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