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ERIC Number: EJ932386
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
The Relationship of School Structure and Support to Suspension Rates for Black and White High School Students
Gregory, Anne; Cornell, Dewey; Fan, Xitao
American Educational Research Journal, v48 n4 p904-934 Aug 2011
This study examined the relationship between structure and support in the high school climate and suspension rates in a statewide sample of 199 schools. School climate surveys completed by 5,035 ninth grade students measured characteristics of authoritative schools, defined as highly supportive, yet highly structured with academic and behavioral expectations. Multivariate analyses showed that schools low on characteristics of an authoritative school had the highest schoolwide suspension rates for Black and White students after statistically controlling for school demographics. Furthermore, schools low on both structure and support had the largest racial discipline gaps. These findings highlight the characteristics of risky settings that may not meet the developmental needs of adolescents and may contribute to disproportionate disciplinary outcomes for Black students. (Contains 1 note, 4 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Cited: ED544770