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ERIC Number: ED378137
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Effect of a School-Based Discipline Policy on the Number of Student Office Referrals.
Jeffcoat, Darrell; Bulach, Clete
This study sought to determine the effect of a newly adopted school-based discipline policy on student office referrals for discipline. Subjects were 26 teachers and 494 elementary students of lower socioeconomic status at Beaverbrook Elementary School in Spalding County, Georgia. A school-wide, systematic discipline policy was implemented for the 1993-94 school year, in place of previous disciplinary policies developed and implemented individually by each teacher or administrator. In the event of a fight, theft, or other "major offense," the teacher could refer the student directly to the administration. For minor offenses, the policy made teachers the first line of defense. Before a teacher could refer a minor discipline problem to the administration, he or she had to contact the parents about the problem. The policy resulted in all discipline categories decreasing or showing improvement during the 1993-94 school year compared to the 1992-93 school year. The difference in two of the categories was statistically significant, while the remaining three categories were not. The paper concludes that the discipline policies were effective in decreasing office referral for disciplinary reasons, and recommends that the policies be continued and combined with proactive measures in order to continue to improve the discipline climate of the school. (Contains 14 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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