ERIC Number: ED289259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Teacher Perspectives on School Discipline. OERI Bulletin.
Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Forty-four percent of teachers in public schools reported that there was more disruptive classroom behavior in their schools in 1986-87 than 5 years before. Almost one-third (29 percent) indicated that they had seriously considered leaving teaching because of student misbehavior; and on the average, teachers estimated that about 7 percent of the students they taught had habitual behavior problems. These are some of the findings of a recent survey designed to obtain the views of a nationally representative sample of public elementary and secondary school teachers on discipline problems in schools and to replicate certain questions asked on previous surveys of teachers and administrators. Data reported in this survey were collected by means of a mail survey with telephone followup from a stratified national sample of 1,547 teachers. An overall response rate of 94 percent was attained. This bulletin presents a summary of major survey results. It also includes comparisons with a Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) survey of principals conducted in 1985, and with National Education Association (NEA) Teacher Opinion Polls conducted between 1980 and 1982. Four figures and nine tables accompany the text. Two tables of standard errors for key statistics are appended along with the survey form. (MLF)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.