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ERIC Number: EJ990219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1478-8497
Self Discipline: The Only Form of Discipline Acquisition for Children
Renard, Rosamunde
International Journal on School Disaffection, v1 n2 p29-36 2003
Piaget noted that "punishment renders the autonomy of conscience impossible". Yet in the Caribbean, most common folk believe that beating is an indispensable part of discipline. To understand the role that discipline or the connotations of that word play in the society, culture, economy and politics of Saint Lucia, it is indispensable to go back to history. The aim of this paper is not only to explain the historical and contemporary cultural origins and expressions of discipline as it is understood, but to challenge the prevailing Caribbean perception of discipline as punishment and authoritarian. Genuine discipline will be shown to be only achievable through the progressive acquisition of self discipline and through the promotion of authoritative behaviours. But to understand the first point, it is important to look at the family patterns of blacks during slavery and the legacy that they have left behind.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Saint Lucia