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ERIC Number: EJ1129305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0195-6744
Title I Middle School Administrators' Beliefs and Choices about Using Corporal Punishment and Exclusionary Discipline
Kennedy, Brianna L.; Murphy, Amy S.; Jordan, Adam
American Journal of Education, v123 n2 p243-280 Feb 2017
This grounded theory study of how Title I middle school administrators determine students' punishments was developed using interviews with 27 Florida administrators from schools allowing corporal punishment. Administrators' choices were shaped by their upbringings, their experiences as parents, their job requirements, the expectations of students' parents, and fears of reprisal. They expressed simultaneous desires to develop the child while deterring future misbehavior. They described the outcomes of their decision making as emotional work that entailed contradictions and compromises. To encourage positive preventive and responsive school discipline practices, policies must address administrators' misconceptions about ineffective practices by providing both pressure and support for change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
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