ERIC Number: ED347269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-9
Reference Count: N/A
Discipline in Scottish Secondary Schools: A Survey. Research Report Series.
Johnstone, Margaret; Munn, Pamela
A study was conducted to obtain an overall picture of discipline problems in Scottish secondary schools. In particular, the study sought to clarify what teachers counted as a discipline problem, how Scottish views related to views in England and Wales, the headteacher's role, and how discipline related to other managerial tasks. A questionnaire was sent to 112 schools, with approximately 10 teachers per school asked to complete it. The total sample was 1,011 teachers. A supplementary survey was done 6 months later of all secondary school headteachers in the state sector in Scotland. Key findings include the following: (1) teachers viewed the issue of discipline as central; (2) teachers were willing to consider and to propose solutions; and (3) good discipline and a happy school required joint and concerted effort of all the staff. Generally, analysis of the responses indicated two opposing views: (1) that school and society were out of step and that discipline would be improved if society could be changed; and (2) that negotiation over discipline was possible. Further, the study findings suggest that there are no easy solutions, many schools are trying hard, and a pool of skills and knowledge exists. Included are a technical appendix, 30 tables, and 8 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Educational Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades, Mail Surveys, Public Schools, School Surveys, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh EH8 8JR Scotland, United Kingdom (6.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Sponsor: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.; Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Head Teachers; Scotland