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ERIC Number: ED421795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-1
Pages: 23
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Relationship between Issues and Myths Concerning Scholastic Corporal Punishment and Dogmatism.
Gaffney, Patrick V.
The use of corporal punishment within the schools remains a controversial issue. Scholastic physical punishment is supposedly administered in a purposeful, premeditated manner according to a given set of contingencies revolving around school-rule infractions. According to some experts, the continuous general support for administering corporal punishment in the schools is based on certain beliefs regarding its effectiveness. This study examines the nature of relationships existing between beliefs and various issues and myths regarding the use of corporal punishment and the construct of dogmatism. The overall sample consisted of 71 counseling and elementary education students taking a graduate-level research-methods course at a Florida university located in an area prohibiting corporal punishment in public or parochial school systems. Subjects were administered the Corporal Punishment Questionnaire (The CPQ Form) and an abbreviated Rokeach Dogmatism Scale (Form RDS). Regarding issues associated with use of corporal punishment, subjects who tended to be close- minded also tended to agree with allowing the administration of this form of disciplinary action. Close-minded subjects also tended to believe in 11 myths concerning corporal punishment's effectiveness. The CPQ Form and Form RDS are appended. (Contains 21 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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