ERIC Number: EJ829884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Out-of-School Suspensions: Practice Guidelines for School Social Workers
Dupper, David R.; Theriot, Matthew T.; Craun, Sarah W.
Children & Schools, v31 n1 p6-14 Jan 2009
In many U.S. school districts, there has been a near epidemic of out-of-school suspensions (OSSs) for relatively minor or vaguely defined student offenses. Suspension provides temporary relief to frustrated teachers and administrators and may result in more parental involvement. However, for a large number of at-risk youths, it appears that being suspended leads to significant problems outside of school, increases the likelihood of receiving additional OSSs, and may result in dropping out of school. As a result, school social workers need to be made aware of programs that focus on the elimination of students' problematic behaviors rather than the elimination of students themselves. This article summarizes recent research on individual and school factors that have been shown to be associated with and predictive of OSSs. On the basis of these findings, the authors present a set of practice guidelines for reducing OSSs and identify and describe promising and proven programs within each practice guideline. They conclude with a discussion of challenges facing school social workers seeking to implement alternatives based on these practice guidelines.
Descriptors: Suspension, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Guidelines, School Social Workers, Social Work, Discipline, Student Behavior, School Districts, At Risk Students, Predictor Variables, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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