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Behaviour and Misbehaviour of Latino Children in a Time of Zero Tolerance: Mothers’ Views

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posted on 21.05.2021, 15:54 authored by Judith K. Bernhard, Marlinda Freire, Luz Bascunan, Rodolfo Arenas, Nury Rugeles Verga, Daniel Gana
Thirty-eight Latin American mothers with young children tell of their perceptions of school discipline and comportment issues and talk of their children’s encounters with ‘zero tolerance’ legislation, and related rules for conduct, implemented by the local school boards. The purpose of this exploratory study is to understand: (a) parents’ views of and concern about disciplinary practices at school; (b) parents’ ideas about the connection between home and school discipline; and (c) parents’ understanding of the officially prescribed consequences of behaviour identified as non-tolerable. Implications of the findings are discussed with regard to professional practice.

Keywords: Latino parents; School regulations; Concepts of misbehaviour and aggression