ERIC Number: ED249601
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of MCPS Personnel on Student Behavior and Discipline.
Hawkins, Joseph A., Jr.; And Others
This survey of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools was done to answer the following four questions about student discipline: (1) To what extent is student discipline perceived to be a problem? (2) What are the perceived causes of student behavioral and discipline problems? (3) How are the schools planning and administering discipline? and (4) How do schools enforce discipline and how effective are the approaches? The staff of 27 randomly selected schools and a limited number of parents were surveyed. The findings show that discipline is not seen as a significant problem and that where a discipline problem exists, it is limited in scope and severity. The three major causes of misbehavior identified in the survey are (1) inability of students to perform satisfactorily, (2) disrespect for authority, and (3) inability of teachers to effectively communicate with some students. The survey also found that schools follow existing discipline policy closely and feel it to be effective. Administrators agreed in their ratings of the effectiveness of seven common disciplinary actions used by the schools. They gave the highest ratings to "formally reporting a student to the principal" and "calling a student's parent or guardian." The responses of the parent sample were similar to those of school staff. The survey found that the district need not overly concern itself with discipline issues. Included are three extensive appendixes of the data collected in the survey. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.