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ERIC Number: ED194465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Values and the Search for Discipline--Some Strategies.
Taffee, Stephen J.
Decisions about what a teacher finds to be acceptable classroom behavior vs. unacceptable classroom behavior are value decisions. Unless a teacher has identified and delineated personal beliefs, attitudes, and feelings about discipline, and shaped them into a system of responses which are consistent with his or her personal teaching style, a variety of behavioral problems are likely to occur. A program focusing on strategies for clarifying values is described. The first strategy is an exercise in understanding how ambiguous the word "discipline" is, and in using value words more precisely. A demonstration is given in the second strategy on the undesirability of assuming that reactions to discipline problems are unequivocally right or wrong. Strategy number three asks teachers to rank in order, from most acceptable to least acceptable, behaviors in the classroom. In the fourth strategy, teachers are required to identify their own attitudes and feelings toward described classroom situations. Participants in these clarification sessions are asked to describe real or fictional individuals whom they consider disciplinarians. A format is presented by which teachers may examine negative feelings toward certain students with whom they are in contact. The final strategy presents a moral dilemma in a hypothetical situation and requires a reasoned solution and discussion of the values upon which the solution is based. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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