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Title:Perspectives on a zero-tolerance approach to discipline: towards maintaining a nurturing and secure school environment
Authors:Mestry, R.ISNI
Moloi, K.C.
Mahomed, A.N.
Periodical:Africa Education Review
Geographic term:South Africa
educational management
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18146620701652721
Abstract:This article reports on an inquiry into school managers' and teachers' views on a zero-tolerance approach to managing learner discipline in schools in South Africa. The study was conducted by way of multiple focus group interviews with selected participants from six inner-city primary schools in Johannesburg. Additional (secondary) data were obtained from schools' code of conduct journals. The data were analysed for content, broadly using Tesch's method of open coding in order to identify themes and categories. The findings show that the participants are deeply concerned about the way in which disciplinary problems are affecting everyday school life. The participants struggle with applying the democratic principles of the law and reflect on times past when order was supposedly maintained by way of corporal punishment. The study included a section in which participants were asked to converse about the 'zero-tolerance' approach to maintaining school discipline. It appears that this is seen as a viable option. Having introduced the notion, the principal researcher, with the other authors, caution such an introduction without coupling it with a school renewal drive that includes counselling and the development of an ethic of care. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]