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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Parents Attitudes Toward Discipline and Punishment In Monroe County Schools

This study explores the attitudes that parents of elementary school children have about discipline strategies and policies used in the Rochester, NY school district. Many parents are concerned that some teachers are using punishment instead of discipline as a re-enforcement strategy. Teachers in city schools seem to be confused about what is discipline and what is punishment for students. Data will be collected by videotaping focus group members as they discuss questions designed to elicit their attitudes regarding public schools discipline policies and practices. Data will be analyzed using constant comparison methodology. Hopefully these findings will lead to other ways to adequately screen teachers to make sure that they understand the difference between discipline and punishment.

Presenter: Barbara Singleton (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)