ERIC Number: ED207151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of School Discipline in Tennessee.
Bellon, Jerry J.; And Others
A questionnaire was developed, pilot tested, and then administered to approximately 4,000 Tennessee teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to determine their views on which discipline problems seem most significant, the conditions or influences related to the problems, the most appropriate approaches for solving discipline problems, the extent and nature of the problems, and the relationship of these problems to various demographic characteristics. The data were analyzed in terms of the entire sample, on the basis of nine school classifications, and with respect to demographic variables. Responses to open-ended questions were also examined. Results indicate that two passive behaviors (inattention and apathy) and two active behaviors (talking out of turn and overactive behavior) were the major concerns. Out-of-school factors, especially improper training at home, were seen to be associated with discipline problems. The most appropriate methods of dealing with the problems were to have parent or student conferences. Discipline was judged to be a more serious problem now than it was 10 years earlier, but it did not seem to be as severe in Tennessee as it is reported in several national studies to be elsewhere. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Coll. of Education.
Note: For related documents, see EA 013 698 and EA 013 863.