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ERIC Number: EJ819189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Reference Count: 26
A Choice Theory Counseling Group Succeeds with Middle School Students Who Displayed Disciplinary Problems
Walter, Sara Meghan; Lambie, Glenn W.; Ngazimbi, Evadne E.
Middle School Journal (J1), v40 n2 p4-12 Nov 2008
The purpose of this article is to provide middle level educators with an orientation to the theoretical constructs and tenets of Choice Theory (Glasser, 1998) as both a preventive and remedial framework for supporting the development of students exhibiting school disciplinary behavioral problems. The following three topics are addressed: (1) issues relating to school disciplinary problems; (2) the theoretical constructs and tenets of Choice Theory as a guide for group counseling or other educational interventions in school; and (3) a case example illustrating the application of this approach by a middle school counselor. This article is aligned with "This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents" (National Middle School Association, 2003), which states that effective middle schools facilitate a learning environment that is supportive and safe for all young adolescents. 'This We Believe" (2003) goes on to advocate that "successful schools for young adolescents provide multifaceted guidance and support services" (p. 32).
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Group Counseling, School Counselors, Behavior Problems, Behavior Theories, Discipline, Intervention, Case Studies, Early Adolescents, Educational Environment, Student Behavior, Teacher Role, Counseling Techniques, Urban Schools, African American Students, Counseling Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Counselors; Teachers
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