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ERIC Number: ED499538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr-28
Pages: 62
Abstractor: Author
A Survey--The Negative Aspects of in and out of School Suspensions and Alternatives That Promote Academic Achievement
Flanagain, William C.
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In almost every sector of the educational arena, educators, administrators and parents are concerned with the problem of establishing environments that are contributing to a successful educational outcome. The most profound questions today are safety in the schools, which stimulated political and educational leaders to establish zero tolerance policies for different negative behaviors in an effort to deter students into sustaining good behaviors. With an almost epidemic in school-based violent crimes; such as Virginia State University, in April 2007; school boards across America are searching for alternatives for educating violent and disruptive students while still meeting their constitutional rights to an education. The purpose of this research study is to determine to what extent students agree, and analyze the deterrent effects of in and out of school suspensions on the personal-social characteristics of the student and the academic achievement as well. Statistical figures will be gathered from schools imposing suspensions on students for a variety of reasons to come up with a consensus as to what the most frequent cause of students' suspension would be. The subjects in this study consisted of fifth graders in a large urban school setting; most of who are residents in low socioeconomic neighborhoods. The focus of the study is on the three variables that appear to be indicators of academic and behavioral success: (1) attendance, (2) grades, (3) attitude. This study explored the answer the following questions with regard to the students' personal-social characteristics and academic performance: How does suspension impact the educational and personal-social characteristics of students? How severe is the effect of in-school and out-of-school suspensions to the academic performance of the student? Is there any alternative to suspension? What are the available interventions for a long-term prevention of this phenomenon? These questions will be addressed within the context of the administrator's perception of the improvement of the learning environment. (Report includes five appendixes: (1) Human Subjects Review Approval Letter; (2) Acknowledge and Inform Consent Form; (3) Demographic Data Sheet; (4) Results of Out of School Suspension Graph; and (5) Results of Out of School Form. Responses to twenty questions are included in individual tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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