Creating More Equitable and Developmentally Attuned Disciplinary Environments for Adolescent Students

How can school discipline approaches be improved to reduce racial inequality and be more developmentally appropriate for adolescents?

Through in-depth qualitative interviews and observations, supplemented with analyses of administrative data, Simone Ispa-Landa’s research will examine how different disciplinary approaches, including restorative justice, police presence, and parent involvement in discipline decisions, coexist within a school and shape the experiences of students of different racial groups, as well as how students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders navigate disciplinary environments that include multiple options for handling school discipline. To augment Ispa-Landa’s expertise in the sociology of race, ethnicity, and gender, Robert Crosnoe, professor of liberal arts at the University of Texas at Austin, will mentor her in adolescent development, and Aaron Kupchik, professor of sociology and criminal justice at the University of Delaware, will provide mentoring on school security and discipline.

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