Date Approved

5-31-1999

Embargo Period

8-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

Camcorders; School buses--Safety measures; School discipline

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This report focuses on two strategies used to improve student behavior on school buses at Silver Run School, an elementary school in Millville, New Jersey. The purpose of this comparative study was to determine whether or not the use of video cameras on school buses and the implementation of the "Best Bus" program, a behavior incentive program, leads to improved student behavior as measured by fewer discipline referrals. Two consecutive school years, 1997-1998 and 1998-1999, were studied. In the 1997-1998 school year, neither strategy was utilized, while both were implemented in the 1998-1999 school year. In addition to the quantitative aspect of the study, qualitative data was also gathered and analyzed via student and bus driver surveys. The research indicated a 20.2% decrease in discipline referrals between the two school years, thus showing that the use of video cameras and the incentive program had a positive effect on student behavior. The survey results reinforced this finding.

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