The Changes In Crime And Punishment In Schools

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The Changes in Crime and Punishment in Schools


I chose this hypothesis because crime and punishment has changed a lot
and I want to see how much it has changed and the pupils’ attitudes
towards it.

The areas I hope to examine are the changes in crime and punishment in
schools, how people get punished and what they did to receive that
punishment and also the attitude the pupils have towards the

The sociological issues involved are:

What is deviance?-What will be considered serious enough to warrant a

Sexism-Are there different punishments given because of different

Crime rates in ...view middle of the document...

uk department for
education and skills. The main conclusions of this article show us
that the most extreme punishment that is used today, expulsion, is
given to boys much more than girls. This could be a form of sexism.

This is relevant to me enquiry as it shows us how boys and girls are
treated differently and punished differently. (See sheet 2).

Therefore, to understand the changes in crime and punishment in
schools we need to examine the punishments given and the reason for it
in Victorian school and the schools in the present day and the most
extreme punishments which can be given to pupils in both Victorian
schools and the schools in the present day.

The contexts show the sociological concepts of sexism and changes over

These concepts are relevant to my aims because I can use them to see
how things have changed and how boys and girls get punished
differently due to sexism.


My main research method would be Observation.

This method would be appropriate because I can see how pupils behave
and if they are deviant I can see how they get punished and their
attitudes towards the punishment given.

The problems with this method are the pupils may act differently
because I’m there.

Another appropriate method of research would be survey because I can
see what the pupils get punished for and how they get punished.
They’re all anonymous so hopefully they won’t lie.

This supports my main method of research by proving what they do to
get punished and how they get punished because I am being told by the
pupils instead of having to watch.

The problems with this method are pupils might lie to act big in front
of their friends.

The problems identified could be overcome by asking the pupil to do
the questionnaire on their own.


From my research I have found 10 people out of 15 have had a lunchtime
detention, 9 people of those 15 have had a letter home, 8 people of
those 15 have had a school detention, most people are aged 14 or 15,
12 out of 15 say no to corporal punishment and from my observation
study I found out that not many pupils care what punishment they’re

Some of my results from my questionnaire and observation study were
surprising because 7 people out of 15 thought their punishments were
fair, 3 people out of 15 have been excluded, 2/3 of the people have
had a lunchtime detention and 3 people said yes to corporal

Some results were predictable because most people were obviously going
to say no to corporal punishment and most people were obviously going
to say that their punishment they received wasn’t fair.

These results link to my background material because It shows that
punishments have changed since Victorian times and it shows the
attitudes have changed towards crime and...

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