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Discipline in a contemporary elementary school

Jana Zajc (2018) Discipline in a contemporary elementary school. Diploma thesis.

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    Achieving discipline in the classroom is one of the key factors in achieving the set learning objectives. Teachers use different kinds of discipline in their work. It is important to always act preventively. Yet despite of acting preventively, the inappropriate behaviour of pupils in schools and the consequential punishment cannot be avoided. In the theoretical part, I define the types of discipline. I present preventive, corrective and supportive discipline in detail. I define inappropriate behaviour and present inappropriate speech and shouting, as well as aggressive behaviour in detail. I also define punishment and describe different types of it. In the empirical part, the results of the research conducted among 60 teachers from Bršljin and Metlika Elementary schools are presented. My objectives were to determine how is it that the teachers act preventively, what are the most common discipline issues teachers deal with, which are the most effective techniques for achieving order in the classroom and which are the most common actions in case of inappropriate behaviour. I conclude that teachers act preventively in such a manner that they ensure a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in the classroom, are well prepared for class and make learning interesting and set clear rules normally written with the pupils’ cooperation. In case of inappropriate behaviour, the teachers most commonly talk with the pupil and find a solution to the inappropriate behaviour. They explain to the pupil why is it that their behaviour is inappropriate and proceed with an appropriate punishment if the pupil continues to act inappropriately. In such cases they normally use medium teacher control approach, where the teacher as well as the pupil are responsible for the control over the pupil’s behaviour. The most common type of punishment is reprimand.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: achieving discipline, inappropriate behaviour, punishment, discipline techniques
    Number of Pages: 70
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tatjana DevjakMentor
    asist. dr. Sanja BerčnikComentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12117065
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5293
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 14:08
    Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 14:08
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5293

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