ERIC Number: ED228721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Parental Attitudes concerning the Use, Ethics and Legality of Corporal Punishment and Rewards in the Elementary Classroom.
Carson, Joan C.; Owen, Scottie
Research in Education, v14 n3 Jun 1982
Parental attitudes toward rewards for student behavior and academic achievement as well as toward corporal punishment were assessed. The sample consisted of 195 parents from northern Mississippi. University students administered the anonymous questionnaire. Among the results was that 75 percent queried would not approve teachers being allowed to use any method of discipline they chose to impose order. Almost two-thirds disapproved of the use of material rewards for good behavior. One-third of the sample rated giving children toys or food for learning or good behavior as ethically wrong. Seventy percent agreed that using rewards for learning will make a child expect more rewards. Parents generally disapproved of using any type of edible reward in the classroom. Ninety-seven percent approved of the use of praise as a reward. Respondents generally favored teachers being allowed to paddle students. Regarding the "Baker" decision concerning corporal punishment, three-fourths of the sample recognized the necessity of having a witness present during a paddling. Fifty-eight percent were aware that teachers have to show that other forms of discipline were tried before paddling. Approximately two-thirds of the group were aware of the requirements for a written report and forewarning. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Mississippi Univ., University. Bureau of Educational Research.