Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mind the gap: Policy and practice. Scholastic corporal punishment in Cape Coast, Ghana: A social norms approach
by Sakuma, Lauren Yukiko, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2010, 115; 10305792
Abstract (Summary)

Governmental legislation does always not translate into practice. This thesis proposes to extend our understanding of corporal punishment through its use and social value, while looking to the gap between governmental regulation and social practices. In examining the application of corporal punishment in Cape Coast, Ghana, the study illustrates a clear indication that the use of corporal punishment as applied in junior high schools, is not following stated governmental mandates.

Through the use of social norms theory, we can understand the value that societies place upon corporal punishment of children as well as different approaches to narrowing the gap between practice and policy. Sweden, as the first country to ban the corporal punishment of children in all environments provides important insights into how government and society can change instilled social norms. Can Ghana follow in Sweden’s footsteps? The study illustrates corporal punishment’s current application in junior high schools with regards to government regulations, while highlighting that a discrepancy between practice and policy. It further illustrates that while the values of Ghanaian society in Cape Coast support, to a degree, the use of corporal punishment in schools, there is a majority of teachers and parents who would be open to increased regulation by the government.

This study creates the call for increased research of the application of corporal punishment in Ghana, and proposes civil society and governmental initiatives to curb abuses of the use of corporal punishment in Cape Coast junior high schools.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: International Affairs, Civil Society Development and Conflict Resolution
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Educational administration, Public administration, Sub Saharan Africa Studies
Keywords: Corporal punishment, Ghana, Government regulations, School discipline, Social norms
Publication Number: 10305792
ISBN: 9781369493566
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