ERIC Number: ED409315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
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A Study of Preservice Teachers' Beliefs about Various Issues and Myths Regarding the Use of Scholastic Corporal Punishment.
Gaffney, Patrick V.
Preservice teachers' beliefs about scholastic physical punishment are explored with regard to four issues: (1) administration of such punishment in schools; (2) providing students with procedural due process prior to the use of such punishment; (3) permitting the administration of such punishment only upon securing parental or guardian permission; and (4) the use or non-use of such punishment with one's own child. The second purpose of the study was to examine 143 preservice teachers' beliefs about 20 myths found in the periodical literature regarding the use of corporal punishment, and to test the reliability and validity of an instrument to measure beliefs about such myths. Analysis of the data revealed that most study participants were against permitting use of corporal punishment in the schools. Students who would allow the administration of scholastic physical punishment apparently also believed it should be allowed only after providing students with procedural due process protections and after securing parental or guardian permission. However, most participants would not administer physical punishment to their own children. Participants believed that physical punishment is both needed and administered only as a last resort, should be used rarely and only for serious problems, is disliked by all students, and should punish only those pupils who misbehave. Participants did not believe that corporal punishment teaches respect, leads to the development of character, deters aggression in students, or prepares pupils to live within a society that punishes those who break the rules. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 28 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida