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ERIC Number: ED378090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Decreasing Suspensions in Grades Nine through Twelve through the Implementation of a Peace Curriculum.
Speirs, Robert
This practicum was designed because out of school suspensions as a disciplinary procedure were not effective in changing students' behaviors. The students felt angry and rejected by the teachers, and they did not feel part of the school culture. The practicum offered a peace curriculum designed to be used in content academic areas, small groups, and with mentors. The study involved a peace curriculum that included problem-solving activities that encouraged students to develop alternatives to oppositional, defiant, and disruptive behaviors. The peace curriculum offered students the opportunity to participate in class discussion without the fear of failure. By preventing behaviors that emerged when students became frustrated because they did not know how to control their behaviors, the peace curriculum offered students the opportunity to develop fair and just attitudes. Analysis of the data revealed that out of 292 students referred for discipline, more than 83 students received an alternative form of discipline rather than out of school discipline or suspension. The cumulative number of out-of-school suspensions received by exceptional education students was reduced. The number of classroom teachers implementing behavior strategies in their classrooms increased because of the introduction of the peace curriculum. Nine appendices conclude the paper: (1) discipline system student listing; (2) teacher survey; (3) disciplinary referral form; (4) student assistance team response form; (5) lessons for mentors; (6) lessons for small groups; (7) content specific lessons for the classroom teacher; (8) mentor survey; and (9) rules for small group instruction. Contains 38 references. (Author/DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A