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Master of Science




There has been a great deal of speculation and controversy over discipline in the schools of the world. The causes and effects of poor discipline have been discussed, and much has been written on both subjects. The public schools of America are in the peculiar position of being greatly affected by poor discipline. Being a public institution open to all citizens, the schools have to meet the problem and have to find ways of combatting it in order to maintain an efficient operation in line with the standards of excellence set by the public which sustains them.

It was the purpose of this study (1) to compare the grade point total of students who caused discipline problems with that of students who caused no discipline problems, hereinafter referred to as discipline problems and non-discipline problems, within the same intelligence limits as measured by the California Test of Mental Maturity and the Lorge-Thorndike Intelligence Test at Tuckahoe Junior High School; and (2) to show whether there were certain common characteristics possessed by all the discipline problems studied.

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