ERIC Number: ED382576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
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The Real Cutting Edge in Education: Changing Misbehaving Students in the Classroom and School.
Rancifer, Jesse L.
This paper examines techniques for dealing with behavior problems in students. The Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment protect individuals' rights and must be considered in developing effective punitive consequences to control misbehaving students. Due process must be practiced in handling disciplinary sanctions. Principals and teachers can use the privilege of participation in school-provided services to force misbehaving students to correct their behavior. Corporal punishment is legal in public schools in 38 states and is prohibited in public schools in only 12 states. Public support for observable punishments issued by judges indicates the public's readiness for such punitive consequences to be implemented to produce desirable behavior changes. Teachers are encouraged to practice "nondoormat" behaviors in which they exhibit social powers in their actions with students. Five types of social power impacting the quality and quantity of classroom learning are described. Guidelines are offered for using extrinsic rewards as reinforcers for desired behavior. Lists are presented of punitive consequences that can be implemented by principals, teachers, and parents to control children's behavior. Practices that teachers can use to show a "nondoormat" behavior are also listed. Observable punishments that local city and county governments can use to discourage students from involvement in crime are noted. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (75th, Detroit, MI, February 18-22, 1995).