ERIC Number: EJ833537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Preparing Educators to Work Effectively with Student Anger
McNulty, Carol P.
Teacher Education and Practice, v20 n1 p67-80 Win 2007
In an attempt to learn firsthand why school is not working for some students, I conducted an ethnographic study to examine the perceptions of students considered to be "chronically disruptive" or "at risk for delinquency". Utilizing a critical theory lens, I engaged in participant observation and student interviews to examine the ways in which students believe that educators influence and contribute to their delinquent activities. An interesting aspect of the data suggests that educators consistently require students to suppress their anger and that they offer virtually no other ways for students to resolve or release their anger at school. For many students, this suppression, coupled with poor coping techniques, ultimately results in explosive and violent outburst, thereby perpetuating cycles of nonsuccess in school. This study suggests a need for teacher preparation programs to adequately address the social and emotional domains as they prepare teachers to work effectively with students who present challenging behaviors.
Descriptors: Ethnography, At Risk Students, Research Methodology, Critical Theory, Student Attitudes, Psychological Patterns, Males, Self Management, Conflict Resolution, Participant Observation, Behavior Modification, Role, Classroom Environment, Nontraditional Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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