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ERIC Number: EJ812677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Fostering Self-Discipline
Bear, George G.; Duquette, Jeffrey F.
Principal Leadership, v9 n2 p10-14 Oct 2008
From its inception, a primary goal of public education has been to develop self-discipline among students, best seen as them exhibiting socially and morally responsible behavior. This goal coincides with another important educational imperative, as well as an alternative meaning of the term "discipline": to correct misbehavior to create and maintain a safe and orderly environment that is conducive to learning. "Self-discipline" refers to assuming social and moral responsibility for one's own actions, and doing so under one's own volition (i.e., not solely out of fear of punishment or to gain external rewards). By fostering self-discipline, educators develop students who understand and appreciate the difference between right and wrong, assume responsibility for their actions, recognize the importance of cooperative relationships, and show genuine care and interest in others. This article presents several tips for fostering self-discipline among students. (Contains 7 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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