Administrators' Perceptions of Corporal Punishment In Selected Schools In a Southeastern State

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Clyde Ginn

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


The purpose of this study was to determine administrators' perceptions of corporal punishment and their use of corporal punishment in selected schools in a southeastern state and to determine if this relationship differs according to age, gender, race, years of experience as an administrator, and school level. In addition, this study was to examine administrators' perception of corporal punishment and to determine if administrators perceive corporal punishment as an effective means of discipline. Findings of this study indicated that there was a significant relationship between administrators' perception of corporal punishment and the independent variables of age; race; gender; years of experience; elementary, middle and high school levels; and personal use of corporal punishment There was a significant difference in perceptions between those administrators who use corporal punishment and those who do not use corporal punishment. Those who use corporal punishment tended to agree with the study in the areas of student behavior and the legal aspects of the use of corporal punishment. Furthermore, there was not a significant difference between the criterion variable of perception of corporal punishment and the predictor variable of school levels. However, middle school administrators agreed that corporal punishment suppressed unwanted behavior and modified negative behavior of students.