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A qualitative case study of student perceptions of a random drug testing policy

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dc.contributor.advisor Patterson, Jean A.
dc.contributor.author Rathbun, Shelia E.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-22T17:42:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-22T17:42:36Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.identifier.other d11013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10057/3936
dc.description Dissertation (Ed.D.)--Wichita State University, College of Education, Dept. of Educational Leadership en_US
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study involved high school students in focus groups and individual interviews who shared their perceptions of a random drug testing policy and its implementation in the fall of 2007 at their suburban high school. Student voices were captured and shared, as well as data shared regarding student responses on The Communities That Care Survey which is given yearly to all sophomores and seniors. There were strong perceptions from students regarding the implementation of random drug testing and students shared these perceptions openly and often strongly. However, students were not well-informed as to why the policy had been implemented nor about the random drug testing procedures and consequences to testing positive. Students voices were heard, but until policy makers and decision makers in schools begin working alongside students to teach students how to have a voice, students voices may remain ignored. Students were able to a coherent and effective critique regarding some of the issues; however, students lacked a clear understanding of the policy. The study used micropolitics and student voice as its theoretical framework. The study also researched random drug testing policies and practices in schools. The study also has valuable recommendations and implications for policy makers who are contemplating instituting any new policies that affects those at the bottom of the hierarchy in schools, the students. en_US
dc.format.extent xiii, 226 p. en
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wichita State University en_US
dc.rights ©Copyright 2011 by Shelia E. Rathbun. All rights reserved en
dc.subject.lcsh Electronic dissertations en
dc.title A qualitative case study of student perceptions of a random drug testing policy en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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