ERIC Number: ED205439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Discipline: The Problem of Violence in School and Society.
Jelinek, James John
This monograph focuses on various approaches toward disciplining antisocial behavior. The author gives evidence to the failure of the widely used stimulus-response approach (i.e., punishing people when they are bad and rewarding them when they are good), and suggests how a new approach might be more successful in solving problems of crime and violence. This new disciplinary approach is based on behavior control perception psychology. The basic premise of this psychology is that people are internally motivated; that is, that people reorganize and redirect their behavior according to internal and individual perceptions of reality. These perceptions and, consequently, behaviors based on the perceptions, are constantly changing as people try to make them coincide with the image of the world they carry in their minds. Several examples are presented of case studies in which discipline based on behavior control perception psychology was used to solve altercations in the classroom. In one case, a teacher chatted with an unruly student outside of class regarding his disrespectful classroom behavior. She did not confront him in the class because she felt that his antisocial behavior was really intended as a means of gaining stature among his peers and would very likely increase if she publicly humiliated him. The conclusion is that discipline based on behavior control perception psychology can help individuals stop dissipating energy and retain more of the strength they need to compromise, negotiate, and confirm their own and others' needs. A major implication of this psychology is that individuals do not behave in an antisocial manner (and consequently, do not require discipline) when they feel that their needs are being met. (DB)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Problems, Behavioral Science Research, Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Crime, Discipline, Educational Environment, Educational Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Intervention, Perception, Punishment, Violence
College of Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 ($5.00 paper copy, $10.00 cassette recording, 25% discount for 10 or more).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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