Date Approved

5-16-2002

Embargo Period

5-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Sernak, Kathy

Subject(s)

Charles L. Spragg School (Egg Harbor, N.J.); School children--Conduct of life

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The study was designed to develop a kindergarten through fourth grade code of conduct for the Charles L. Spragg School. The parents and faculty completed a Likert style survey about the present discipline code. The study also reviewed the number of discipline referrals before and after the implementation of the new code of conduct.

The student population was comprised of approximately 353 pre-k through fourth grade students and 44 staff members. The surveys completed by the parents and staff were compiled and used to develop the new code of conduct. The number of discipline referrals for October, November, December and January were compared to the number that occurred during the same time period from the previous year. The number of discipline referrals increased along with the severity of the punishments for those rule infractions. The original hypothesis was that the number of discipline referrals would decrease because the students were aware of the new code of conduct. This was not the case within this study; in fact the number of discipline referrals increased.

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