School discipline: is there a crisis in our schools?

Fields, Barry A. (2000) School discipline: is there a crisis in our schools? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 35 (1). pp. 73-86. ISSN 0157-6321


Discipline ranks as one of the major concerns expressed by the public about schools and the education system. These concerns are mirrored in the often dramatic coverage by the media of stories about unruly students, bullying and violence in classrooms and on playgrounds around the country. Many are left with the impression that schools are in a state of crisis and teachers are losing a battle to maintain order. This paper examines the question of whether there is a crisis of discipline in Australian schools. It does so within the context of an international perspective on discipline in schools, and with particular attention to the role of the media in creating and fostering a distorted view of the situation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2014 01:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: behaviour; disruption; school students; media; bullying; violence
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190399 Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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