ERIC Number: ED327983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Classroom Discipline: Report of the Superintendent's Task Force on Classroom Discipline.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
The current status of discipline in Arizona public schools is assessed and alternative forms of discipline are reviewed in this report on classroom discipline. Methodology involved a literature review, an informal survey of 330 Arizona schools, and an attitudinal survey of 300 educators and non-educators. Overall findings indicate that most schools used assertive discipline programs and in-school detention and that almost half (45 percent) utilized their own programs. General agreement existed between educators and non-educators on the causes of discipline problems; however, 79 percent of the non-educators as opposed to 4 percent of the educators perceived drug abuse as the most severe problem. No consensus on solutions was found. Differences also existed between secondary and elementary educators on causes of and solutions to discipline problems. Recommendations are offered in the areas of discipline policy guidelines, teacher training, parental responsibilities, alternatives to suspension and expulsion, and responses to serious problems, such as gang activity. The section section, prepared by Therese L. Martin, Attorney at Law, summarizes and discusses several legal briefs on due process rights and procedures as they relate to students. Appendices include the surveys on existing discipline programs in Arizona schools, and on the attitudes of Arizona educators and non-educators. A 101-item bibliography is included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.