ERIC Number: ED425158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-17
A Five-Styles Teacher Discipline Model.
Tomal, Daniel R.
This paper presents a Five-Styles Teacher Discipline Model for helping teachers manage discipline. The model was developed based on a study of 120 teachers from a public school district in northeast Illinois. The students in the two participating urban schools were predominantly African American and from a lower socioeconomic status. Data were collected through group and individual interviews and limited teacher-student observations. The interviews focused on types of disciplinary problems, ways of handling them, typical discipline situations, student responses to discipline, and teacher's style with the students (assertive to supportive). The five styles for the model (enforcer, abdicator, supporter, compromiser, and negotiator) were formulated based upon the degree of a teacher's enforcing of rules and supporting of students. The results indicated that teachers utilized all five discipline styles in disciplining students. Those who used the negotiator discipline style exhibited a high degree of emphasis on enforcing and supporting, taking a win-win approach to disciplining students. They had the least amount of difficulty handling disciplinary problems. The negotiator style may offer the most effective approach to classroom discipline. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
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