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ERIC Number: EJ916088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-6846
Teacher Fear of Litigation for Disciplinary Actions
Holben, Diane M.; Zirkel, Perry A.; Caskie, Grace I. L.
Journal of School Leadership, v19 n5 p559-585 Sep 2009
The present study determined the extent to which teachers' fear of litigation limits their disciplinary actions, including any significant differences by period, demographic factors, and item type. Teachers' perceptions of limitations placed on their disciplinary actions do not substantiate the "paralyzing fear" of litigation that inhibits student discipline, as tort reform organizations claim. Teachers perceive greater limitation for nonintervention in a student fight than for intervention, with significant differences for self and others performing the action. Demographic differences support interpreting findings within context to prevent overgeneralization. Future research should examine other job-embedded scenarios to determine appropriate discipline policies and effective professional development strategies. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A