ERIC Number: ED180075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Behavior of Habitually Disruptive High School Students.
Gulyas, Paul A.
A means was developed to reduce the necessity for discipline among the 25 students who were the most chronic discipline problems at Thomas Jefferson High School, a 1,500-student school in suburban Pittsburgh. The students were identified by assigning point values to various disciplinary measures administered to students. The 25 students met with a vice-principal once each week for a minimum of five minutes to discuss any school problems, potential discipline problems they felt might arise, or recent discipline they had received. It was hoped that the talks would help prevent more serious problems or additional disciplinary measures. Weekly sessions were scheduled during each student's study hall. The student could arrange impromptu conferences if an immediate problem could not wait until the next scheduled session. Results of this "preventive maintenance" approach revealed that, compared with the same semester a year earlier, total suspension days were reduced 50 percent, instances of corporal punishment were reduced 24.1 percent, and detention hours were reduced 54 percent. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Thomas Jefferson High School PA
Note: Revised Individual Practicum Report, Nova University