R&D Discipline

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Abstract Background

The indiscipline problem in schools is ranked as a major problem among students of primary and secondary schools in Malaysia. Disruptive behavior is a concern to schools and parents and to fellow pupils, whose education may be adversely affected.

Objective: The objectives of this study were to identify the level of students discipline problems and dominant factors attributing to the students discipline problems among the students in SMK St. Thomas.

Material and Methods: The study was carried out to 50 students from several classes from Form 6 using questionnaires. The data collected were analyzed by Statistical Packages for Social Science (SPSS) in forms of frequency, percentage and mean value. The findings showed that the level of discipline problems among students was quite high especially for absenteeism problem.

Results and Discussion: The results also showed that the students with family problems, always hung out with friends and others faced high level of discipline problems compared to students with no such problems. Some of the students with records in discipline problems showed that they did not faced any difficulties in learning as they passed in their examinations and the discipline problems did not depend on parents’ education background because it was not necessary for the students to have discipline

Conclusions: Lastly, some recommendations also had been put forward as guidance to the research organization and future researches.

Introduction

Discipline is a rudimentary ingredient that plays a crucial role in school system, which insists on upholding the moral values of students. It comprises a wide spectrum of meaning, well from the negative or positive perspective. However, it is humans immune to always focus on the negative smell and that would be considered a popular issue if it involves an individual or a group that claims an intimate relationship within a society. Schon, D. (1983) aptly states that every child has a need to attend school. Schools are seen as providers of education as education is an important process that each individual has to undergo in life today. This is even so in this digital age as the world is more globalized and information communication technology takes root in every aspect of our life. Thus, education is seen as the key to unlock the treasure trove of knowledge. Students’ misbehavior is a prevailing problem affecting schools not only in Malaysia but also across the many nations around the world. Students’ misconduct in the classroom interferes with teaching and learning and is thought to be precursor to later school dropout and similar negative social outcomes. Student’s behavioral problems are also thought to be a leading contributor to teachers’ stress and attrition. Serious breaches of school discipline policy can have profound negative effects on teachers. Teachers subjected to abuse or intimidation report experiencing fears for their safety, lack of sense of dignity at work, intense feelings of anger, humiliation or shame, isolation and depression. Some teenagers may never reveal the nature of the incident or its impact on them. In such cases, the confidence of the teacher has been undermined; his/her sense of personal safety violated and the perpetrator has not been sanctioned. Slavin, R.E. (2003). One of the most widespread reasons for bad discipline however is usually a student’s inability to cope with the tasks. The noisiest students will demonstrate their frustration by loud outbursts, disruptive behavior, while the rest of the class may remain passive (Sternberg, R.J. & Williams, W.W.(2002). Basically, discipline problems occur when a student refuses to obey rules of the classroom or school. Rules that deal with human actions will eventually be broken and require some sort of punishment. The concept of matching the punishment with the...
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