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ERIC Number: EJ943635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Collaborative Problem Solving Can Transform School Discipline
Greene, Ross W.
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n2 p25-28 Oct 2011
What we're thinking about behaviorally challenging students and what we're doing to them requires a fresh look. When schools believe that parental discipline explains a child's misbehavior, educators are less likely to consider different explanations for the misbehavior and the full range of interventions that could be implemented at school. And when psychiatric diagnoses get involved in school behavior issues, educators and others tend to pathologize kids, implying that the "problem" resides within the child and that it's the child who needs fixing. Behaviorally challenging students are lacking crucial developmental skills. When school discipline programs focus on teaching lagging skills and solving problems collaboratively, they rely a lot less on incentive-based interventions and punitive procedures such as detention, suspension, and expulsion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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