ERIC Number: ED347685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Who's Responsible for Handling Disciplinary Incidents? Contrasts of Principal and Teacher Perceptions at the Elementary and Secondary Levels.
Enger, John M.; And Others
Findings of a study that examined teachers' and principals' attitudes toward responsibility for student disciplinary action are presented in this paper. Two questionnaires compared principal and teacher responses to vignettes of specific disciplinary situations. In the first survey, 40 elementary principals, 40 secondary principals, 40 elementary teachers, and 40 secondary teachers were asked to identify who was responsible for each situation. The second survey, which rated the severity of the incidents, was administered to another 160 respondents with the same composition as the first group. The overall response rate was 57 percent. Findings indicate that a generally strong agreement existed among all groups with regard to the severity of incidents, and a strong agreement existed between elementary and secondary personnel about responsibility and severity. More severely rated incidents were viewed as the principal's job and moderately severe incidents were viewed as teachers' responsibility. A conclusion is that although there was much agreement about the handling of some disciplinary incidents, teacher and principal roles were not clearly delineated for others. (5 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).