ERIC Number: ED228149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Commitment: Alternative Approaches to the Teaching of Responsibility in School and Society.
Jelinek, James John
The development of an individual's commitment to school and society begins with his present interests, no matter what they happen to be, and is based on six components of maturity. Currently, American culture is experiencing the arrest of mature development; we know what needs to be done to solve our most critical problems, but lack the commitment to do so. Rich countries do not confront worldwide poverty; most people refuse to acknowledge that we make resources last longer by using less. American education must seek to develop both the wisdom to solve social/cultural problems and a sense of community. The reward-punishment approach to teaching and socialization does not work because students are internally rather than externally motivated. Behavior Control Perception Psychology, however, provides an approach to teaching commitment and responsibility. The theory focuses on six interrelated components of maturity which must always be nurtured in the student: intelligence, responsibility, articulation, sexuality, empathy, and philosophical thinking. When these six elements interact with instruction that addresses the student's present interests, he pursues learning with a discipline, builds upon the structure so that he can use it, and develops pleasure in it. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Discipline, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Maturity (Individuals), Quality of Life, Relevance (Education), School Role, Social Problems, Social Responsibility, Socialization, Student Needs
College of Education, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 ($5.00 paper, $10.00 cassette recording; prepayment = 20% discount).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Coll. of Education.