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ZERO TOLERANCE: THE RHETORIC IS THE REALITY

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Date Issued:
2009
Abstract/Description:
In this study, the researcher explores the effects of zero tolerance policy expulsions with emphasis on first time offender students and their families. Using archival data, the researcher compares grade point average (GPA), pre/post math, reading, self-concept, and behavior assessments of 40 zero tolerance offenders and 40 students with chronic behavior problems participating in a voluntary drug and alcohol prevention program at an alternative middle school. Additional data are generated from clinical progress notes, parent and student blogs and e-mail correspondence with an adult expelled as a youth because of zero tolerance. There are no statistically significant differences in overall self-concept or number of behavioral issues between these two groups of students. Zero tolerance students demonstrate higher scores on math and reading assessments and higher GPA at first semester. Both groups have limited behavioral issues which are mild in severity and moderate levels of self-concept at pre and posttest. Parent and student reactions to zero tolerance expulsions suggest effects on school bonding, peer relationships, emotional stability, educational opportunities, and have some parallels to the grief process. The researcher provides suggestions for policy reform, further research and preventative strategies.
Title: ZERO TOLERANCE: THE RHETORIC IS THE REALITY.
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Name(s): Glenn, April Denise, Author
Pilcher, Janet, Committee Chair
Rotunda, Robert, Committee Member
Nichols, Joyce, Committee Member
University of West Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: University of West Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In this study, the researcher explores the effects of zero tolerance policy expulsions with emphasis on first time offender students and their families. Using archival data, the researcher compares grade point average (GPA), pre/post math, reading, self-concept, and behavior assessments of 40 zero tolerance offenders and 40 students with chronic behavior problems participating in a voluntary drug and alcohol prevention program at an alternative middle school. Additional data are generated from clinical progress notes, parent and student blogs and e-mail correspondence with an adult expelled as a youth because of zero tolerance. There are no statistically significant differences in overall self-concept or number of behavioral issues between these two groups of students. Zero tolerance students demonstrate higher scores on math and reading assessments and higher GPA at first semester. Both groups have limited behavioral issues which are mild in severity and moderate levels of self-concept at pre and posttest. Parent and student reactions to zero tolerance expulsions suggest effects on school bonding, peer relationships, emotional stability, educational opportunities, and have some parallels to the grief process. The researcher provides suggestions for policy reform, further research and preventative strategies.
Identifier: WFE0000185 (IID), uwf:60868 (fedora)
Note(s): Ed.D.
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Doctorate
Subject(s): Zero tolerance policy, expulsions, alternative schools, middle schools, suspensions
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000185
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UWF

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