Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of Corporal Punishment Practices in the State of Georgia
by Broussard, Jessie, D.E., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 195; 3622925
Abstract (Summary)

Most research concludes that corporal punishment in schools does not lead to better student behavior, more respect for teachers, or higher scores on the Achievement Composite Test (ACT). In addition, some research points to the conclusion that corporal punishment of children is associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can include such symptoms as depression, and anxiety. One researcher has even identified a medical condition entitled Educationally Induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which, I concluded, was brought about by excessive corporal punishment.

This research study is a comprehensive analysis of corporal punishment practices in the state of Georgia. The research approach adopted in this comprehensive analysis of corporal punishment in Georgia includes the use of online literature, print literature, legal databases, and research database sites.

The findings from this research provide evidence that Georgia currently has many districts reporting high incidences of corporal punishment while other districts have either abolished corporal punishment by local policy or simply do not practice it. The main conclusions drawn from this study are that corporal punishment in Georgia schools is largely a nonurban phenomenon and that its use is not evenly distributed among districts but rather concentrated in smaller districts. Although overall incidents of corporal punishment have gone down in Georgia over the last several years, its use has actually increased in some districts.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fossey, Richard
Commitee: Slater, Robert, Sughrue, Jennifer
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Education Policy, School administration
Keywords: Achievement composite test, Corporal punishment, Jessie broussard, State of georgia
Publication Number: 3622925
ISBN: 9781303950735
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