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Classroom Discipline in American Schools: Problems and Possibilities for Democratic Education / Edition 1

Classroom Discipline in American Schools: Problems and Possibilities for Democratic Education / Edition 1

by Ronald E. Butchart, Barbara McEwanRonald E. Butchart


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For both teachers and the public, school discipline and classroom management are acute problems in contemporary schools, often taking precedence over issues of curriculum and pedagogy. Yet, surprisingly, discipline and management have escaped sustained critical analysis. This book is a unique, heuristic effort to break the silence regarding modes of classroom control, explicitly bringing democratic, moral, and political perspectives to bear on the issues. It analyzes classroom relationships in terms of ethical and political considerations, arguing that current behaviorist and "teacher-tricks" approaches to classroom control fundamentally contradict expectations of moral development and democratic ends.

Classroom Discipline in American Schools rekindles a debate that has atrophied in the last several decades. It invites teachers and scholars in many fields to examine the moral stances and politics that are enacted daily through the implicit curriculum of mainstream modes of control, and to create new frameworks more consonant with the aspirations and ideals of democratic life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791436189
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 12/18/1997
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ronald E. Butchart is Professor and Program Director of the Education Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. He is the author of Northern Schools, Southern Blacks, and Reconstruction: Freedmen's Education, 1862-1875 and Local Schools: Exploring Their History. Barbara McEwan is Coordinator of Elementary Education at Oregon State University. She is the author of Practicing Judicious Discipline and On Being the Boss.

Table of Contents

Ronald E. Butchart

Part I: Historical and Political Perspectives on Classroom Management

1. Punishments, Penalties, Prizes, and Procedures: A History of Discipline in U.S. Schools
Ronald E. Butchart

2. "Uncontrolled Students Eventually Become Unmanageable": The Politics of Classroom Discipline
London E. Beyer

Part II: Ethnographic and Personal Perspectives on Classroom Management

3. The Visceral Pleasures of the Well-Worn Rut: Internal Barriers to Changing the Social Relations of American Classrooms
Jackie Blount

4. Why is Michael Always Getting Timed Out? Race, Class, and the Disciplining of Other People's Children
Brian M. McCadden

5. Contradiction, Paradox, and Irony: The World of Classroom Management
Barbara McEwan

6. Interpreting Glasser's Control Theory: Problems that Emerge from Innate Needs and Predetermined Ends
Sue Ellen Henry and Kathleen Knight Abowitz

Part III: Toward a Curriculum of Democratic Civility: Exploring the Possibilities of Critical Constructivist Discipline

7. Judicious Discipline
Forrest Gathercoal

8. But Will it Work? The Practice of Judicious Discipline in Southern Minnesota Schools
Virginia L. Nimmo

9. Emphatic Caring in Classroom Management and Discipline
Sharon A. Stanley

Barbara McEwan



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