ERIC Number: ED156602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-29
Reference Count: 0
Improve Communication to Improve Behavior.
Blume, Robert A.; Blume, Delorys E.
The problem of children's misbehavior in school is an urgent concern. Although misbehavior is not unique to the school, the whole of society suffers from violence. It is important to recall that those committing crimes today were yesterday's students. There are two modes for discipline in the schools. The "established" mode aims for teacher control of children's behavior. This mode assumes that students cannot be trusted to pursue their own learning. In contrast, the "emergent" mode aims to help children assume responsibility for their behavior and to encourage them to think about the effects of their actions upon others. The underlying philosophy of the emergent mode is that human beings have a natural potential for learning. The emergent mode of discipline builds upon the ideas of Ginott, Glasser, and Gordon which stress the importance of good student-teacher communications for preventing problems, and teaching that irresponsiblie behavior is not acceptable. Gordon's "Teacher Effectiveness Training" is a good method for opening up student-teacher communication and for helping children accept personal responsibility for their actions. It is important for the schools to implement the emergent mode which requires children to take responsibility for their behavior so that they may become responsible citizens in a democratic society. (Author/BC)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Communication Skills, Discipline, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Models, Punishment, Self Control, Student Responsibility, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at National Conference on Humanistic Education (Carrollton, Georgia, April 29, 1978)