Date Approved

4-3-2004

Embargo Period

4-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Ted

Subject(s)

School discipline--United States

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of one approach to discipline, a code of conduct. The population used for the study by the intern was the population of B.C.I.T. The participants were selected through the convenience sampling method using both the quantitative and qualitative research approach. The quantitative research design includes summary reports of monthly discipline infractions beginning in September 2003 and ending in January 2004. The qualitative research design consists of two surveys administered to teachers, secretaries, guidance counselors, child study team members and administrators. The initial survey focused on the discipline policy for the 2002-2003 school year and the final survey focused on the Code of Conduct. Analysis of the surveys yielded an underlying theme concerning any discipline procedure. The discipline procedure should be clearly stated and consistently enforced not only by administrators but also by staff members. This resounding theme should be an integral part of the success of any discipline procedure.

The intern concludes that there is no one solution to a successful and effective discipline procedure. Each school district has a unique population with a different set of discipline needs, therefore no one discipline policy will work as a solution for all schools.

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