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ERIC Number: ED167863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Repressive Content of the Formal Constituents of Classroom Practice.
Garskof, Bert
Both the forms and the content of current classroom practice fit into a generally repressive socialization pattern for students. The formal constituents of typical classroom practice in American higher education include grades, tests, grade distribution, syllabi and schedules, all of which contribute to a generally repressive socialization pattern which is nonetheless necessary to maintain the present society. Grades represent an extrinsic motivation to conform to the educational system, and result in the distortion or denial of students' intrinsic desire to learn and grow. The current American educational process is part of a socialization process which denies human needs because of the nature of the society to which students are being asked to conform. Any attempt to change the classroom must change both form and content, and must begin with the recognition that professional educators do not know all the answers. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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