ERIC Number: ED237481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Selected Groups toward Issues in Junior High/Middle School Classroom Management.
O'Bryan-Garland, Sharon; Moore, Joe M.
A study analyzed current perceptions of selected school board members, superintendents, principals, counselors, teachers, preservice teachers, students, and parents, in three areas of Texas representing urban, suburban, and rural areas (N=190), toward topics related to discipline, classroom management, drugs, absenteeism, and behavioral responsiblilty within the junior high/middle school setting. The survey questionnaire was designed to replicate the Gallup Poll at local levels, and state responses on specific items were compared to national responses. The data indicated a definite polarization of perception of discipline problems and consequently of classroom management. Preservice teachers, parents, and students believed that discipline is a "fairly serious" problem, while school personnel felt it is "not too serious." Teachers and students believed stealing is a problem, while other groups did not. Excepting 72 percent of the teachers, all groups perceived that good classroom management comes from teachers who motivate and interest students in learning. Preservice teachers believed marijuana and alcohol were serious problems; teachers and counselors believed they were not a problem. All groups were undecided as to the proper action to be taken on absenteeism. Study findings also indicated a desire for more responsiblity on the part of parents for their child's behavior. Other study findings are discussed and 27 tables and 3 figures are included. (JMK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attendance, Attitudes, Boards of Education, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Drug Use, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Parent Attitudes, Parent Responsibility, Principals, School Counselors, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference of the Association of Teacher Educators (Baton Rouge, LA, October 28, 1983) and the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association (Chicago, IL, November 12, 1983).