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ERIC Number: ED355663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Effectiveness of a Saturday School in Reducing Suspension, Expulsion, and Corporal Punishment.
Winborn, John Douglas
Lack of proper discipline in schools has long been a major concern of the public. Proposals on how to improve discipline have ranged from the bizarre to the cruel. Educators and administrators must devise alternative punishments to replace traditional methods, such as corporal punishment, suspension, and expulsion, that are frequently ineffective. One such alternative is Saturday School. Saturday School programs have included such features as physical labor, academic work, counseling, and a detention atmosphere. A Saturday School program was implemented at Franklin Junior High School, Franklin, Tennessee, after discipline problems worsened. Students had to arrive on time, write an essay on discipline, do academic exercises, and participate in behavior-improvement activities. A statistical analysis done over 4 school years found significant differences in comparisons of data on the socioeconomic status, race, and gender of Saturday School students. During the test period, Saturday School helped reduce suspensions, and expulsions were infrequent. There was also a significant drop in the use of corporal punishment, which had been used frequently at the school. Saturday School may be an acceptable alternative to more harmful disciplinary practices. It also may be a step toward developing more internal rather than external student control methods. (Contains 10 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A