Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091440

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Puckett, William Gary
URN etd-05222007-091440
Title Industrial arts teachers' personal characteristics related to the frequency of discipline problems.
Degree PhD
Department Vocational and Technical Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dugger, William E. Jr. Committee Chair
  • classroom discipline
Date of Defense 1976-06-01
Availability restricted
A lack of discipline has frequently been reported as a major problem in public school systems. The lack of discipline manifests itself in many problem areas. This lack may be stimulated by student rejection of authority. Gallup (1974: 21) reported that discpline "again heads the list of problems cited most often by survey respondents." Discipline has, infact , been named in the Phi Delta Kappan "Sixth Annual Gallup Poll of Public Attitudes Toward Education" as the number-one problem of the schools in five of the last six years.

Most i n s t i t u t i o n s of authority have been challenged including the police, the m i l i t a r y , t h e church, the high schools, and the universities. Young people do not seem to want t o be admonished by their superiors, that is, if they even recognize their superiors at a l l (Dobson, 1973).

One school of thought supports the belief that many discipline problems are caused by teachers. Jessup (1971: 27) maintained that " far to often additional trouble of a significant nature arises after a teacher has verbally pounced on a student, denouncing him before the class ." Rules and regulations developed by teachers t o govern students should be reasonable. Harsh and excessively numerous rules can create behavior problems in classrooms and excessive control may manifest

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