ERIC Number: ED309333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Discipline and Guidance: A Thin Line in the Middle Level School. What At-Risk Students Say about Middle Level School Discipline and Teaching. A Middle Level Essentials Special Paper.
At the middle school level, school climate, curriculum, instructional strategies, and the availability of positive adult role models all affect student performance. This study sought to determine student perceptions of discipline effectiveness, teaching strategies, and school climate. Early adolescents (N=220) between the ages of 11 and 16 in 20 middle schools were interviewed. The schools were representative of large, urban, suburban, and rural settings. Results showed a more positive picture of student perceptions of their schools than might have been expected. When asked to describe their schools, 53 percent gave positive comments, 36 percent gave negative comments, and 11 percent gave noncommital comments. Every student mentioned at least once that they would like someone to listen to them. For the most part the students who were interviewed were gregarious and talkative and needed more time to socialize than the school day allowed. Fourteen recommendations are given for middle school administrators to use in developing programs for students who cause repeated classroom disturbances and are at risk of alienating themselves from the schooling process. These recommendations range from designing an active advisory program and comprehensive curriculum to helping teachers plan for effective instruction. (ABL)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Adolescents, Discipline, Educational Environment, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, Principals, School Counseling, School Guidance, Student Attitudes, Student Needs
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.