Date Approved


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Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching


Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education


College of Education


Jorgensen, Donna W.


High school teachers--New Jersey--Attitudes; School discipline--New Jersey; Schools--New Jersey--Safety measures


Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching


The purpose of this study was to determine the perceptions teachers have concerning safety and discipline within their school and how these perceptions affect teaching methods and strategies. The study took place in a large rural area high school with a diverse multi-cultural background of students. This particular school has increasingly been scrutinized for the disruptive behavior of the students and the ability of the administration to handle these problems among the majority of teachers in the school. This study focused on the perceptions the teachers have about their school policies and procedures and the ability the school has in correcting disruptive behavior. Also, the study will look at how the gender and years of teaching experience influence these perceptions.

The results of this study indicate that there is a perception problem within this school. Furthermore, the analysis of data will show that there is a need for further studies concerning this issue in order to fully understand how this negative perception of school safety and discipline can possibly be corrected.