A study of the application of Judicious discipline, a constitutional perspective for school rules and decisions in selected Oregon school districts Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels toward student rights and classroom management. Specifically this study was designed to analyze the effect Judicious Discipline: A Constitutional Perspective for School Rules and Decisions had upon teacher attitudes toward student rights and behaviors in the classroom. The instrument to measure teacher attitudes toward student rights and classroom management was constructed from two separate attitude inventories: the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory (Cook, Leeds, and Callis, 1952) and the Questionnaire on Teacher Attitudes (Menacker and Pascarella, 1983). The attitude inventory was field-tested and submitted to the DELPHI panel to establish content validity. Participants in this study included the teaching staffs of ten elementary schools, four middle schools, and five high schools located in Corvallis, Carlton, Beaverton, and Lincoln County, Oregon. Respondents to the study were inservice teachers who attended workshops based on the concepts of Judicious Discipline and presented by the author, Dr. Forrest Gathercoal. Pretest inventories were administered immediately prior to the presentations. Posttest inventories were administered six months after the workshop. Two null hypotheses were tested to determine whether there was a significant difference in attitudes toward student rights and classroom management among elementary, middle, and high school teachers and between pretest and posttest data. The hypotheses were tested for significance at the .05 level. Null hypothesis one which stated there was no significant difference among elementary, middle, and high school teachers in attitudes toward student rights and classroom management was retained. Null hypothesis two which stated there was no significant difference between data gathered on the pretest and postest was retained. Descriptive data gathered through interviews did reveal an attitudinal change in some respondents as a result of workshops reviewing concepts of Judicious Discipline: A Constitutional Perspective for School Rules and Decisions, (Gathercoal, 1987). All respondents to the survey were provided with copies of Judicious Discipline to be used as a reference during time of the study. Trends manifested by analysis of means from elementary, middle, and high school teachers failed to indicate consistent differences at the .05 level among the three groups. Similarly, trends manifested by analysis of pretest and posttest results did not reveal significant differences at the .05 level. However, descriptive data collected through interviews with respondents indicated high levels of interest and practical applicability of Judicious Discipline (Gathercoal, 1986).
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