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ERIC Number: EJ1062810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Consistency Rules: A Critical Exploration of a Universal Principle of School Discipline
Irby, Decoteau; Clough, Cindy
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v23 n2 p153-173 2015
The current study explores the principle of "consistency" and its relevance in the discipline cultures of three middle and two high schools in a Midwest US school district. We explore how educators (1) evoke consistency as a necessity for school discipline and (2) attempt to be consistent in practice to develop disciplined students, encourage academic-oriented school cultures, and maintain safe and orderly schools. We found that while consistency is important for collegiality's sake and provides a cognitive frame for teachers to think about how to improve discipline, it may undermine the decision-making and discipline practices of individual teachers who are more apt to rely on relational rather that behaviourist discipline approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A