Date Approved

4-1-2004

Embargo Period

4-25-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

School discipline; Student suspension

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop an effective in-school suspension program for the Ocean City Intermediate School students using a community based action research design. Development of an ISS program provided a positive learning environment where discipline and learning take place within the school setting. The research looked at patterns occurring in a survey given to a 10% random sampling of the 283 Intermediate School parents and 72 teachers. The study reviewed scholarly literature, existing studies, and data on the effectiveness of in-school suspension programs. Analysis of several successful in-school suspension programs resulted in a collection of effective ISS rules, policies, and procedures. Research revealed 97% of the parents and teachers surveyed believed in-school suspension programs were effective forms of discipline. All people surveyed felt ISS provided more adult supervision and academic instruction. An in-school suspension program counteracted the many negative effects of out-of-school suspension and allowed instruction time to continue without interruption.

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