ERIC Number: ED165347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Positive Alternatives to Student Suspensions: An Overview [and Attachments].
Bailey, Ralph E.; Kackley, John C.
The prevention and resolution of student behavior problems were the goals of the Positive Alternatives to Student Suspensions (PASS) Program involving schools in Pinellas County, Florida. Workshops for staff and administrators aimed toward creating a humanized caring school. Classroom activities attempted to create situations in which students and teachers could get to know and appreciate each other. Programs for students run by a psychologist and social worker aimed at self-exploration and personal growth. Encounter groups for personnel stressed self-exploration and facilitation of positive interactions through values clarification, transactional analysis, and other applied behavioral science techniques. Parent training groups fostered open communication, sharing of concerns, problem-solving, and values clarification using techniques from parent effectiveness training, behavior modification, and transactional analysis. A "time-out room" provided a place where students could talk out personal problems before the problems became discipline problems. A "Student's School Survival Course" allowed students to receive positive feedback from teachers and other students. A "Student's Home Survival Course" used reality therapy, transactional analysis, and rational behavior therapy to help students explore positive alternatives for resolving problems at home. During the two years in which the program operated, the PASS schools had significantly fewer student suspensions than did control schools. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: All Children's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida