ERIC Number: EJ1064085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Restoring Our Children: Why a Restorative Approach Is Needed to Discipline South African Children
Reyneke, Roelf P.
Perspectives in Education, v33 n1 p57-72 Mar 2015
Behavioural problems are commonly experienced in schools. This contributes to poor academic results and general disciplinary problems, among other things. It is argued that punitive disciplinary methods are aggravating unacceptable behaviours. This paper presents information about the use of punishment, how children react to these measures, and reasons why they react in the way they do. The Circle of Courage philosophy is linked to restorative practices as a response to disciplinary problems. By presenting this, the author contributes to the debate on approaches to discipline and aims to show that, since so many children are troubled, they need to be disciplined in a psychologically healthier way. High levels of caring and control could significantly reduce disciplinary problems in schools.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Discipline, Punishment, Student Reaction, Caring, Behavior Modification, Justice, Conflict Resolution, At Risk Students, Discipline Problems, Psychological Patterns, Child Development, Student Needs, Prevention, School Culture
University of the Free State Faculty of Education. P.O. Box 339, Bioemfontein 9300, South Africa. Tel: +27-51-401-2368; e-mail: PiE@ufs.ac.za; Web site: http://www.perspectives-in-education.com
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa