A review of the literature on corporal punishment in The Bahamas, with an emphasis on its use in schools

William J. Fielding, Virginia C. Ballance

Abstract


This review of the literature concerning corporal punishment arising from The Bahamas enables us to identify several strands: (1) corporal punishment is an historically accepted method of controlling children which only recently has been called into question; (2) school teachers have typically seen corporal punishment as a useful classroom management tool; (3) there has been unease about its use in schools which has resulted in its regulation; (4) more recently, there has been evidence of the awareness of the long-term negative effects of corporal punishment; and (5) the rise of social media has made corporal punishment and its potential abuses visible to a wider audience. These strands appear to have woven together to move the country in a direction of outlawing corporal punishment, at least in schools.

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Literature review; Corporal punishment; Bahamian education system

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Reports of corporal punishment in the Bahamian press: a selection

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15362/ijbs.v26i0.353

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