ERIC Number: ED253970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a School Wide Computerized Uniform Discipline Reporting System.
Berkowitz, Gary; And Others
A discipline code developed by the staff at the National Center for the Study of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives in the schools is outlined. Development of the code was preceded by a survey of teachers and administrators on their perceptions of pressing discipline issues. The issues selected from the survey were resubmitted to the teachers and administrators for rating, then the data were reanalyzed and refined. A codebook of offenses and discipline procedures was developed from this, and a pilot study was conducted in a junior high school for students with behavioral problems. The codebook is developed so teachers can quickly and accurately quantify rule violations. It lists seven major violation categories with attached descriptors for detailing offenses and a list of possible consequences. A codesheet is keyed to the codebook for teacher use. The codebook was further developed as a computer program for the Apple II. It is "user friendly" and works on a "menu format" with a security routine installed for confidentiality. After a trial period the computer program has been updated. This program has many possibilities for use in future research and teacher improvement as it makes discipline records instantaneously available. It also has the potential for misuse, and caution must be exercised to avoid using the data as an excuse to increase punitiveness toward students. A 9-item reference list is included along with three appendixes with examples of the program. (MD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey (Trenton)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (Philadelphia, PA, April 1984).