Decisions, decisions: the rationale behind high school teachers’ discipline decision-making process

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Adamma K. Chidomere (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Shelly Brown-Jeffy

Abstract: This research examines the influential circumstances involved in the discipline decision-making process of school teachers at one predominantly Black high school and one predominantly White high school. I gathered data on teachers’ understanding and use of school discipline in addition to teachers’ perceptions of student misconduct and discipline in their school. The data reveals that teachers exercise discretion when they decide on an appropriate disciplinary response. Teachers’ race and gender may influence their discipline decision-making process. Black and White students tend to receive similar disciplinary consequences, but there are instances in which Black students face more punitive punishment than White students.

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Language: English
Date: 2019
Black students, Decision-making, Punitive, Racial disparities, School discipline, Teachers
Classroom management $x Decision making
School discipline $x Decision making
High school students $x Discipline
Racism in education

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