Date Approved

4-29-1999

Embargo Period

8-4-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore

Subject(s)

Riverside Middle School (Riverside, N.J.); School administrators--Training of; School discipline; Timeout method

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the newly implemented time-out room in changing the negative behavior that is exhibited by some middle school children. The time-out room is similar to the traditional in-school suspension room. The rooms differ in the duration of time that a student spends in the room and the services that the child receives while there. The student who was sent to the time-out room for behavior deemed unacceptable developed a plan to prevent any future reoccurrence of a similar offense. The student who spent time in the time-out room also received assistance from a full-time, time-out room teacher whose responsibility it was to encourage the student to rationally and maturely correct his actions. The study found that the time-out room had a statistically significant effect on changing the behavior of the middle school students as measured against the number of out-of-school suspensions from the previous year.

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