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NCJ Number: 134657 Find in a Library
Title: Introducing a School Discipline Code (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 43-60, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): K Sutherland
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper deals with the development and introduction of a school discipline code at Belconnen High School in Hawker, Australian Capital Territory.
Abstract: The code was developed in response to a desire by the school community for written guidelines on student discipline and management to promote a positive school tone. The high school's discipline and student management procedures prior to 1986 were a loose collection of largely unwritten rules, procedures, and sanctions which included occasional corporate punishment and other punitive measures. A school community conference recommended that a discipline code be developed to modify antisocial behavior (violence, smoking, drinking, property destruction, prejudice, and abusive language); promote the school's image in a positive way; encourage self-esteem and self-control among students; and foster positive relationships between staff, parents, and students. The code, introduced at the beginning of 1986, is based on the interventionist/interactionist approach and is oriented toward the development of success identity and self-responsibility. It contains student motivational factors, consequences of disruptive behavior, interventions, teacher skills, and parent participation. The code also stipulates the rights and responsibilities of students. Behavior consequences are specified by offense for alcohol, drugs, smoking, behavior on the playground, bullying and victimization, and truancy. Management steps for disruptive students are identified in the code along with time-out rules.
Main Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; School discipline
Index Term(s): Australia; Behavior modification; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign juvenile delinquency; High school education; Students
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