ERIC Number: ED136383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Exercise of Administrative Discretion in Secondary School Discipline: Grounded Hypotheses.
Manley-Casimir, Michael E.
This study used ethnographic research methods to generate hypotheses about the exercise of administrative discretion on secondary school discipline. The study, an organizational case study, investigated the exercise of discretion by the school disciplinarians in Integrated High in Chicago. Participant-observation, focused interviews, and administrative statistics yielded the data. Simple statistical analysis of the quantitative data yielded three hypotheses about the pattern of selective enforcement--(1) the more prominent the discipline administrator's concern with order-maintenance (control), the greater the likelihood students will be suspended; (2) the more prominent the discipline administrator's concern with individual treatment, the greater the likelihood students will be treated leniently and not suspended; and (3) boys, posing as they seem to do a greater threat to the security and good order of the school, will be suspended systematically more frequently than girls. Analysis of quantitative data yielded rudimentary analogue models of the exercise of discretion by each administrator. Each model consists of a set of hypotheses stated verbally and diagrammatically. All hypotheses are grounded in data. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977); Not available in hard copy due to light print of original document