ERIC Number: ED173501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Classroom Culture and the Problem of Control. ERIC/CUE Urban Diversity Series, Number 63.
Grannis, Joseph C.
Although classrooms vary in design and populations, there are certain features that are common to virtually all classrooms. These include the crowding of pupils, the compulsion of school attendance, and the expectation that teachers will foster literacy. The manner in which these features are dealt with in a classroom constitutes the core problem of control in schooling. The most common solution to the problem of control is the standard classroom. Alternative classroom settings that appear to be associated with differences among children can best be understood as variations on the standard classroom. In some of these alternatives, higher support conditions and the positive cast of classroom activities seem to reduce the disorder and alienation found in classrooms, particularly with regard to disadvantaged and ethnic minority children. However, as a number of studies suggest, differences stemming from the students' and teachers' styles within a classroom are more prominent than differences between standard and alternative educational settings. These findings indicate that the most significant changes in classrooms would only be possible if the basic conditions of schooling were so altered that the standard classroom simply would not work. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Attendance, Classroom Environment, Disadvantaged Youth, Discipline, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Minority Group Children, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Opinions, Research Reviews (Publications), Student Behavior, Student Teacher Ratio, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Behavior, Traditional Schools
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.