ERIC Number: ED415580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Designing the Kind of Schools Our Children Need: Structure and Management from a Psychological Perspective.
Chandler, Louis A.
This program deals with the child-school "fit" as seen in the context of child development, childhood stress, and children's emotional well-being. It reviews psychological principles and shows their implications for how schools might be optimally structured and managed to help all children cope more effectively. The text begins with the importance of strengthening a child's sense of security and how such security is frequently a casualty of a rapidly changing world. Suggestions for lessening latent anxiety and strengthening children's security include establish schools as a safeplace to learn, quiet, and orderly; make the school day predictable with regular schedules and set routines; emphasize direct instruction by the teacher; help children to attend by structuring the classroom environment; and the school curriculum should be developmentally appropriate. The importance of adult authority and its meaning to the child is also explored; it is recommended that teachers be reestablished as authority figures and that teachers be reinforced as persons with knowledge to impart. Some of the links between achievement and competence, such as building self-confidence through realistic academic achievement, are discussed, and tips for eliciting responsible social behavior are offered. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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