ERIC Number: ED287196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Suspension--"Capital Punishment for Misdemeanors": The Use of Suspension at Four Suburban Junior High Schools and Viable Alternatives That Could Work. An Ethnographic Study.
Comerford, Daniel J., III; Jacobson, Michael G.
As a disciplinary procedure, suspension of students from all school levels has become a serious problem. Because of early maladaptive behavior, many students never receive services they need in order to benefit from their educational experiences. Instead, they are continually suspended, often expelled, and either drop out or are pushed out of school. While school suspension literature focuses mainly on black, poor, and inner-city students, there is a rapidly increasing number of middle class, white, suburban students who are being denied full educational benefits. Suspension also contributes to juvenile delinquency. This paper attempts to collect and analyze suspension data at four predominantly white, middle-class, suburban junior high schools and to make recommendations about research-based alternatives to suspension for each school. Alternative practices such as in-school suspension, behavior contracts, peer group counseling, work-study alternatives, and others are discussed and their advantages over regular suspension emphasized. The four sources of data used included: guided interviews, document analysis, nondirective interviews, and participant observation. Respondents in all four schools concurred that suspension is ineffective in changing disruptive behavior. Discipline recommendations and alternatives for each school are discussed at length. Several conclusions, including the need for a diversity of alternatives, are briefly summarized. Included are 21 references and 6 data tables. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987). Appendix may reproduce poorly due to blurred and broken print.