The Effectiveness Of Corporal Punishment On Correcting Behavior Of Middle School Children

897 words - 4 pages

Corporal Punishment and its Effectiveness on Correcting a Child’s Behavior in the Middle School Setting: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade

A Research Project
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of
Requirements for the
EDU 501 Research Method

Freed-Hardeman University
March 24, 2014

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Study…………………………………………………3
Statement of the Problem……………………………………………………..3
Description of Corporal Punishment………………………………………….4
Description of Discipline………………………………………………..........4
Effects of Corporal Punishment and Psychological Treatment on students’ Learning and Behavior: Description of Psychological Treatment…………….4
Corporal Punishment as a Stressor Among Youth: Description of Stressors...5
Summary and Overview…………………………………………………….....5
Purpose of Study……………………………………………………………….5
Research Question……………………………………………………………...6


Most children and their parents tend to matriculate through life’s social and emotional stages without any form of interruption. However, for some children and their educational providers, this development is essential for the cognitive development of the child. Discipline is necessary to attain cognitive development. It is also paramount in the safety and physical well being of the student, in addition to his/her social, emotional cognitive development. This research will attempt to identify corporal punishment and its effectiveness in correcting a student’s behavior in the middle school settings.

Description of Corporal Punishment
Discipline and punishment are not synonymous. In some cases, parents and education leaders who are strict disciplinarians seldom resort to punishment. Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behavior deemed unacceptable. The term usually refers to methodically striking the offender with the open hand or with an implement, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational settings.
Punishment is what adults resort to when discipline fails. Corporal punishment was an important part of the educational experience of many children educated during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (Middleton, 2008)

Description of Discipline
Discipline refers to the control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior. The overall aim of discipline is to provide the child with outside control until he or she can develop the inner or self-control necessary to function as a mature adult.

Effects of Corporal Punishment and Psychological Treatment on students’ Learning and Behavior
Corporal punishment is a punitive act that inflicts pain. This includes hitting, slapping, spanking, or forcing a child to maintain an uncomfortable position. Most child welfare...

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