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Classroom behavior problems have been around since we began educating children, and the challenges related to classroom management are likely to grow more acute in future decades. This book provides information and activities designed to help teachers develop their own management philosophy based on their style, their goals, and their understanding of how to create a safe and supportive learning environment for every student. It offers a models approach; thorough coverage of classroom management theories and models; thoughtful discussion of diversity in the classroom and the "safe school" movement; and practical ideas for how to manage a wide variety of classrooms. For future teachers and administrators.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130901248
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/29/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Understanding the Need for Classroom Management 1
Ch. 1 Introducing the Concept of Classroom Management 3
Pt. 2 Understanding Classroom Management Theories 27
Ch. 2 Building the Foundation: Skinner, Redl and Wattenberg, Glasser, and Gordon 29
Ch. 3 Exploring the Theories of Assertive Discipline: Lee Canter and Marlene Canter 54
Ch. 4 Exploring the Theories of Democratic Teaching: Rudolf Dreikurs 74
Ch. 5 Exploring the Theories of Congruent Communication: Haim Ginott 93
Ch. 6 Exploring the Theories of Instructional Management: Jacob Kounin 113
Ch. 7 Exploring the Theories of Discipline With Dignity: Richard Curwin and Allen Mendler 133
Ch. 8 Exploring the Theories of Positive Classroom Management: Fredric Jones 155
Ch. 9 Exploring the Theories of Inner Discipline: Barbara Coloroso 177
Ch. 10 Exploring the Theories of Consistency Management: Jerome Freiberg 197
Ch. 11 Exploring the Theories of Judicious Discipline: Forrest Gathercoal 216
Ch. 12 Introducing Additional Theorists: Albert; Evertson and Harris; Johnson and Johnson; Nelsen, Lott and Glenn; and Kohn 237
Pt. 3 Building a Personal Classroom Management Plan 267
Ch. 13 Creating Safe Classrooms and Safe Schools 269
Ch. 14 Developing Your Personal Classroom Management Philosophy 296
Ch. 15 Applying a Management Philosophy in Your Classroom 322
Name Index 351
Subject Index 353
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The Growing Challenges of Classroom Management

The problems of managing students in classrooms and throughout the school have challenged teachers and administrators since the beginning of efforts to provide formal education to children and adolescents. Our firsthand experiences working in schools and our experiences working with practicum and student teachers have convinced us that classroom management is a major concern of educators. Although most preservice and inservice teachers appear to be well grounded in curricular content and instructional methodology, classroom management continues to be a challenge as educators try to find ways to work with students who lack discipline, disrupt the teaching/learning process, limit teachers' effectiveness, and cause others physical and psychological harm. In fact, problems with classroom management have caused sonic qualified educators to leave the profession.

Looking at the realities of contemporary education, we believe that the challenges related to classroom management will likely grow more acute in future decades. Several reasons account for our concern:

  • No indications suggest that the behavior problems that have challenged teachers for centuries are diminishing. Many students talk out of turn, socialize with their friends, goof off when they should be working, walk aimlessly around the classroom, and yell answers without being called upon.
  • Behavior problems appear to be growing more severe. Although at one time behavior problems were more an annoyance than anything else, today teachers and students feel threatened by violence and aggressive behaviors.
  • Behavior problems that should havebeen addressed decades ago (e.g., bullies who prey on weaker students, psychological abusers) finally are getting consideration, but it will take some time and a concerted effort by educators to reduce or eliminate them.
  • Classroom management models and specific behavior strategies must indicate an understanding of diversity and the changing composition of contemporary classrooms. For many years, educators used the same classroom management strategies for all students, with little or no regard for students' gender, learning styles and abilities, culture, and other differences.
  • Classroom management models need to incorporate instructional management. Rather than working just to make students behave, teachers need to examine their own instructional and personal behaviors.

In addition to these basic concerns, numerous other behavior issues contribute to management problems in classrooms. These include violence in the media, poverty, changing home and family life, easy access to weapons, and court decisions that limit educators' rights. We are not downplaying the importance of any causes of behavior problems, but we believe that the most important thing we can do is focus on the actions that educators can take and help them plan and implement a classroom management model that works most effectively for them.

What can we do about students bringing guns, knives, and other weapons to school? Current trends and predictions suggest that a definitive answer to these concerns is unlikely in the near future. In fact, the recent violence affecting students and educators, suggests that the need for exemplary responses to behavior problems likely will grow more acute in future years.

Rationale for and Premises of This Book

We wrote Classroom Management: Models, Applications, and Cases to help preservice and inservice teachers understand foundational as well as contemporary classroom management models and theorists, and use these models to develop their own classroom management model--one that is personalized so it will work for them.

This book is based upon several important premises:

  • Premise 1--Preservice and inservice teachers will be challenged by behavior problems for years to come (as we examine in chapter 1), with some behavior problems growing more acute. Behavior problems will not vanish with another generation of students.

Premise 2--Preservice and inservice teachers need to understand a wide array of classroom management models (chapters 212). Unfortunately, some people erroneously believe that classroom management theories written decades ago do not apply to contemporary problems. Quite the contrary. Although a few behavior problems have grown more acute, some management ideas found in older theories continue to hold promise for addressing contemporary behavior problems.

Premise 3--Preservice and inservice teachers should become familiar with the contemporary safe schools movement (chapter 13) and see how they can use this information in their own classrooms.

Premise 4--Preservice and inservice teachers must understand the philosophical underpinnings of classroom management and develop their own carefully considered personal philosophy of classroom management (chapter 14). Rather than trying a little of one idea and a little of another, effective classroom managers need to develop their own philosophical tenets of classroom management (e.g., how they feel about students, roles of educators, definitions of discipline, and goals of classroom management).

Premise 5--Preservice and inservice teachers should base their classroom management strategies and practices (chapter 15) on the philosophy that they developed. Although this philosophy might change as teachers gain experience and knowledge, all teachers need to base their classroom management strategies on their individual philosophy. This is primarily why we examine so many classroom management models in this book. When teachers know what models and theories, and more specifically what strategies and practices, are available, they can develop a classroom management model that works for them.

Premise 6--Preservice and inservice teachers must develop a personal philosophy of classroom management and a comprehensive management (including instructional management) plan that reflects our nation's and schools' increasing diversity. Respect for student diversity of all forms is a thread throughout this book. Whenever possible, we consider each model and theorist in terms of diversity. This is a point that cannot be overemphasized. Classroom management practices should not be offensive or intrusive.

Organization of This Book

Classroom Management: Models, Applications, and Cases is divided into three parts and 15 chapters:

Part I – Understanding the Need for Classroom Management (Chapter 1)

Part II – Understanding Classroom Management Theories (Chapters 2-12)

Part III – Building a Personal Classroom Management Plan (Chapters 13-15)

Part I contains chapter 1, which examines classroom management and discipline in contemporary schools, the effects of classroom management problems, and the need to consider student diversity.

Part II contains chapters 2 through 12. In these chapters, we examine the classroom management theorists. From the foundational theorists to those still working in the schools, these individuals and their ideas, theories, and models continue to be relevant in contemporary elementary, middle, and high schools.

Part III contains three important chapters. First is a detailed look at safe schools in chapter 13. Then, based on the information from chapters 2 through 12, we encourage educators to develop a personal philosophy of classroom management (chapter 14) and to apply that philosophy in workable and effective classroom management practices (chapter 15).

Rationale for Our Choices of Models and Theorists

In this book, we examine as many classroom management theorists as possible in order to give preservice and inservice educators a comprehensive overview of models and ideas on which to base their own philosophy and practice. Thus, we begin in chapter 2 with the theorists who contributed to the beginnings of classroom management. Chapters 3 through 12 provide a collection of the most well-known classroom management theorists, whose contributions continue to be widespread and well known. Finally, chapter 12 gives readers a glance at five contemporary theorists. The theorists in chapters 3 through 11 are arranged randomly, rather than in any assigned order of significance or contribution. Although we personally like some theories better than others, we have tried to provide an objective examination of each of them because we believe they all have the potential for helping educators develop their own personal philosophy and model of classroom management.

Special Features and Pedagogical Aids

Classroom Management: Models, Applications, and Cases has a number of features sand pedagogical aids that contribute to the mission of the book, mainly to help preservice and inservice teachers understand a wide array of models and develop a personal philosophy and model of classroom management.

  • Organizing Features -- Each chapter begins with an Overview and Focusing Directions, which provide an indication of what will be discussed in the chapter. The Concluding Remarks in each chapter act as a summarizing device.
  • Case Studies -- Chapters 1 through 12 have one case study each, and chapters 13, 14, and 15 have two, four, and three case studies, respectively. These case studies are actual accounts of classroom management situations with questions for your consideration.
  • Voices of Educators -- Two types of Voices of Educators are provided. The first type is actual teachers and administrators responding to specific case studies in chapters 13, 14, and 15. For the second type, we asked other teachers and administrators to respond to issues discussed in chapters 14 and 15. All educators who responded in the Voices sections, those reacting to case studies as well as those reacting to topical issues, were given complete freedom to offer their opinions, regardless of whether they reflect the theorists' views or coincide with our personal opinions.
  • How Would You React? -- Shorter than the case studies, the How Would You React? feature appears in chapters 1 through 13, presents actual situations, and asks readers how they would respond. Although the expectation is that the response will include ideas from the specific theorist(s) in the chapter, opportunities also are available to use a variety of approaches. No grade levels are given, and readers are encouraged to examine each situation in relation to the grades they teach or hope to teach.
  • Activities -- Activities appearing in each chapter offer readers the chance to expand some of the ideas presented by the theorist or to consider how the ideas can be implemented in a classroom.
  • Reaching Out With Technology -- Located in all chapters, Reaching Out With Technology uses the resources of the Internet to locate additional information on the topics and theorist(s) found in the chapter.
  • Management Tips -- All of the chapters, especially those that discuss management theories, contain ideas for managing a classroom, but chapters 1 through 13 have a special Management Tips feature in which we provide practical, teacher-tested ideas on the organization and mechanics of classroom management. Although these tips might not be part of the theory being discussed, they expand on the concepts discussed by the theorist.
  • Anecdotal Accounts -- Throughout the text, we have included anecdotes to help readers bridge the gap from theory to practice. Our teaching experiences range from firsthand teaching in classrooms and school library media centers to working with thousands of preservice and inservice educators. These anecdotes enliven the book with actual accounts of teachers who have effectively translated research and theory into practice, as well as a few who still have more to learn. We have changed all of the names to ensure anonymity.
  • Developing Your Personal Philosophy -- In chapters 1 through 12, Developing Your Personal Philosophy provides activities to help you begin to think about how you can use the theories and information presented in the chapter to develop your own management plan.
  • Suggested Readings -- Suggested Readings include five to seven current books and journal articles for students who want additional information about the material discussed in the chapter.


Diversity is a vital thread integrated throughout each chapter and examined in many of the Activities and How Would You React? features. Often, teachers assume that students see or perceive events from middle-class perspectives or from their cultural or gender backgrounds. Research increasingly shows that cultural, gender, and social class differences affect how students perceive management events.

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