ERIC Number: ED379213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Student Teachers and the Corporal Punishment Debate.
Student teachers' perceptions of corporal punishment were measured in an open-ended survey involving 37 student teachers. Twenty-four of the student teachers indicated that the use of corporal punishment in the schools is useful and justifiable. Several suggested that the threat of corporal punishment, even if never used, is a legitimate method to deter students from inappropriate behavior. Many of the corporal punishment advocates felt that children need to know that in life there are often negative consequences to inappropriate behaviors. Other student teachers suggested specific guidelines, such as allowing only a school principal to administer corporal punishment, and notifying students' parents prior to a paddling. Thirteen respondents opposed the use of corporal punishment, based on their opinion that it does not eliminate causes for disruptive behavior, that it causes students to become rebellious, that it does not provide a positive learning environment, that it seems to be ineffective because the same children have recurring incidences of spanking, and that it leads children to believe that violence is a legitimate means to solve problems. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Mid-South Educational Research Association Conference (Little Rock, AR, November 8-10, 1989).