The Urban Review

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 181–196 | Cite as

A study of staff development programs for improving school discipline

  • Irwin A. Hyman
  • Dolores Lally


This paper reports two phases of an ongoing study of the effectiveness of teacher training programs related to school discipline. An exhaustive review of efficacy studies of programs such as Reality Therapy, Teacher Effectiveness Training, and Human Relations Training revealed serious methodological weaknesses. Most studies indicated programs involved teacher attitudes towards more humane discipline, but there were few demonstrations of actual behavior change in students. After phase 1, programs were examined for teaching strategies and processes taught to teachers to improve school discipline. A list of 38 processes were identified and each program examined for their presence. Phase 2 reports the incidence of these processes across programs and suggests further approaches to using these data for continuing research.


Behavior Change Actual Behavior Teaching Strategy Teacher Training Efficacy Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin A. Hyman
    • 1
  • Dolores Lally
    • 2
  1. 1.The National Center for the Study of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives in the SchoolsTemple UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of School PsychologyTemple UniversityUSA

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