ERIC Number: ED341683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Severity of Disciplinary Incidents Contrasted between Principals and Teachers at Elementary and Secondary Levels.
Enger, John M.; And Others
This study was conducted to assess principal and teacher perceptions of who is responsible for handling selected disciplinary incidents at the elementary and secondary levels; and to order these situations from the most to the least severe. It was hypothesized that the more severe incidents were perceived to be the principal's responsibility and the least severe the teacher's. A set of 24 situational vignettes was developed to cover a variety of disciplinary incidents encountered in schools. A random sample of principals and teachers at the elementary and secondary levels was asked to rank the severity of disciplinary situations. Analysis of the four respondent groups revealed disciplinary situations where principals and teachers agreed and disagreed. Findings suggest that when specific areas of disagreement between administrators and teachers can be pinpointed, procedures can be developed to accommodate this ambiguity of responsibility. In developing policies and determining responsibilities for handling discipline problems, the role of the student should not be overlooked. Further research should include student perceptions on the issue. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Behavior Descriptions; Rank Order
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 15, 1991).