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Fall 2017


The purpose of this action research project was to determine if detention is better attended when students are assigned to serve with the person who doled out the punishment compared to a catchall detention location where the student may or may not know the adult(s) working the room. This action research looked at whether a personal relationship with a student had a greater effect on attendance than students having to find a room with a person they may or may not know. Detentions for 20 students were tracked for six weeks. Quantitative data was collected through the results of assigned detentions in a Google spreadsheet. Analysis of the data collected suggests that students are 36.13% more likely to attend detention when asked to serve it with the adult that assigns the detention rather than in a catchall room.