Thesis Title

Corporal Punishment

Date of Graduation

Fall 1977


Master of Science in Education in Secondary Education


Reading, Foundations, and Technology

Committee Chair

Michael Bell


The purpose of the study on corporal punishment was to obtain the opinions of a random sample of the elementary school teachers of the Springfield, Missouri, Public Schools as to the effectiveness of corporal punishment in their respective classrooms. The opinionnaires were sent by mail to the elementary school teachers who were selected by simple random sample. The completed opinionnaires were returned by mail in the self-addressed, stamped envelopes provided. Only elementary school teachers who were teaching grades one through six were included in the study. Based on the findings of this study, the elementary teachers in the Springfield Public Schools believe that spanking children for misbehavior does have a place in the Springfield, Missouri, public school system. Most teachers expressed the feeling that corporal punishment should be used only as a last resort and should be administered only under restricted conditions.

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