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ERIC Number: ED567425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 228
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3038-0858-6
The Effect of Suspension as a Deterrent to Student Misconduct
Jackson, Angela Coleman
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of suspension as a deterrent to student misconduct. A mixed methods approach using both qualitative (interviews of administrators and teachers) and quantitative (discipline records of identified sixth graders) were utilized. In this case study approach, one-on-one semi-structured interviews were conducted to obtain an in depth view from two sides of the problem from administrators and teachers. Participants were hand-selected to ensure that accurate information was obtained from people on the staff who deal directly with suspensions of students. Participants were an administrator and three sixth grade teachers. Results may be shared with teachers in middle schools regarding how administrators and teachers feel about the impact of suspension on student behavior. Middle school educators collaborated regarding the use of alternative strategies to disruptive student behavior rather than suspension. Findings presented useful evidence in how to assist sixth graders who are consistently and persistently disruptive during their first year in middle school and devise a plan for helping such students with behavior problems better adjust to the middle school setting. The findings show administrators and teachers have similar views about suspension and its effect as a deterrent. For participants in this study, suspension was not effective for some students and alternatives do not work. Frequent and repeated suspensions of the same students by the same teachers may need further study. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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