ERIC Number: ED406054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar-17
Arguments in Opposition to the Use of Corporal Punishment: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature.
Gaffney, Patrick V.
From a comprehensive review of the professional literature, 55 arguments are drawn and presented that criticize to varying degrees corporal punishment as a proper and defensible disciplinary measure with children in the school setting. In general, such arguments are based upon philosophical, empirical, political, logical, psychological, moral, professional opinion, legal, pedagogical, sociological, physiological (medical), and theoretical grounds. Each argument may be used for personal reflection, consideration, and further exploration in the arena of public discussion regarding this recurrent, important, and controversial issue. In addition, some common definitions and conceptual parameters associated with the term corporal punishment are examined. A consensus regarding the definition is lacking, but generally corporal punishment includes purposeful and intentional administration of pain or discomfort as a penalty for offensive or improper behavior. The article includes a list of organizations with the aim of abolishing corporal punishment. Contains 120 references. (Author/KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Urban/Multicultural Education: Past, Present, and Future (3rd, North Miami, FL, February 27-March 1, 1997).