ERIC Number: ED331145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Discipline Problems in a State's Secondary Schools Reported by Principals and Assistant Principals.
Kaufman, Melvin E.; Center, David B.
Questions that can be posed concerning the present state of affairs in limiting or preventing disciplinary problems include: Have there been significant changes in disciplinary problems over the past three decades? Are problems more or less severe than reported in the recent past? Are there patterns of discipline problems related to demographic variables such as size, geographic location, and minority percentage? and Do principals and assistant principals view various problems in different ways? A random sample of 500 secondary school administrators in Georgia was sent a list of 27 disciplinary problems and a questionnaire about problems in their school. Each of the 292 respondents ranked the five most common and five most serious disciplinary problems. With several exceptions, the most common problems (disruptive behavior, tardiness, defiance of authority, problem behavior on busses, and fighting) were also the most serious. Administrators view some problems as more common and more serious than drug or alcohol abuse. A large percentage of assistant principals viewed problems such as alcohol and drug abuse as more serious than principals did. Schools having minority percentages above and below 50 percent differed little in their levels of discipline problems. The results suggest that the nature of disciplinary problems has been changing over the past three decades. There is a shift in the direction of a greater concern over direct physical or verbal expressions of aggression than in earlier surveys. Two tables of discipline problem rankings are included. (7 References) (EJS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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