ERIC Number: ED309344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Early Experiences and Behavior of Students Suspended in Junior and Senior High School.
Hawkins, Joseph A.
This study investigated possible warning signs in students predicting future trouble with school suspensions. A year-long study of the school histories of 219 secondary students suspended numerous times from the Montgomery County Public Schools examined these students' early school experiences and behavior. Only two percent of students in grades 7-12 were suspended numerous times. Multiple suspendees differed noticeably from nonsuspendees or students suspended only once. Some of the areas of differences included participation in extracurricular activities, placement in special education programs, course grades, and school attendance. The five suspendee types identified are: fighter, student-in-crisis, truant, low achiever, and episodic. Data supported the contention that except for the episodic suspendee, predicting who will become a suspendee is possible. Different levels of success with correcting the misbehavior of suspendees had been experienced depending on the suspendee type. Late and inappropriate interventions contributed to intervention failure. The study's findings justify differentiating the treatment of students with discipline problems. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD. Dept. of Educational Accountability.