Democratic Discipline in Learning Communities: Theory and Practice

Democratic Discipline in Learning Communities: Theory and Practice

by Clifford H. Edwards
     
 

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This book describes in detail the attributes of learning communities and how these characteristics help students acquire a sense of moral responsibility and commitment to fellow students. Clifford H. Edwards provides an account of how schools fail to satisfy student needs and thus promote discipline problems.See more details below

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This book describes in detail the attributes of learning communities and how these characteristics help students acquire a sense of moral responsibility and commitment to fellow students. Clifford H. Edwards provides an account of how schools fail to satisfy student needs and thus promote discipline problems.

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Larry M. Arnoldsen
Uncooperative students have always been the bane of the dedicated teacher. Many solutions have been put forward, from ancient times to the present, for solving the problems of the disruptive and uninterested student. Yet little has changed over the centuries. The student just doesn't want to learn in most classrooms. Why? The root of the problem has gone largely unresolved. True learning most effectively occurs when there is a proper match between the student's needs and the curricular operandi. Dr. Edwards offers the most effective solution to date in the conduct of a learning community wherein learning finds its optimum environment. Under such circumstances the cause of discipline problems is greatly reduced. The classroom can become a joy to student and teacher.
CHOICE
School and community leaders recognize that one of the leading detriments to student learning and engagement is the increase in bullying and violence in today's schools. Teacher educator Edwards (formerly, Brigham Young Univ.) reinforces the theory that discipline and curriculum practices must be interrelated. Disciplinary problems often arise, he argues, because students are not sufficiently engaged. Therefore, learning communities should provide children with a sense of moral responsibility, commitment to the community, self-direction, and sense of efficacy. Historically, many discipline theories labeled "democratic" have failed. The organization and content of the book take the reader on an illuminating journey that provides a deeper understanding of the value of nonpunitive classroom procedures, even though many of the students will have experienced punishments and consequences in their schooling. Recommended. General readers, graduate students, research faculty, and professionals.
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School and community leaders recognize that one of the leading detriments to student learning and engagement is the increase in bullying and violence in today's schools. Teacher educator Edwards (formerly, Brigham Young Univ.) reinforces the theory that discipline and curriculum practices must be interrelated. Disciplinary problems often arise, he argues, because students are not sufficiently engaged. Therefore, learning communities should provide children with a sense of moral responsibility, commitment to the community, self-direction, and sense of efficacy. Historically, many discipline theories labeled "democratic" have failed. The organization and content of the book take the reader on an illuminating journey that provides a deeper understanding of the value of nonpunitive classroom procedures, even though many of the students will have experienced punishments and consequences in their schooling. Recommended. General readers, graduate students, research faculty, and professionals.

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ISBN-13:
9781607099857
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
01/16/2011
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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