Creating Responsible Learners: The Role of a Positive Classroom Environment
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Part of the Division 15 Psychology in the Classroom series, this practical guide for teachers discusses the factors that contribute to a productive classroom atmosphere and promote self-regulatory behavior on the part of students. On the basis of the latest research findings, the authors describe ways in which teachers can meet students' affective needs and desire for classroom control, without losing control themselves. Case examples, classroom tips, self- or group study questions, and suggested readings make this volume accessible and easy to use.
- Statement of Rationale and Goals
- Overview of This book
Goal 1: Defining a Positive Classroom Environment
- Student Views
- Teacher Views
- Comparison of Student and Teacher Views
Goal 2: Meeting Students' Needs for a Positive Classroom Environment
- Emotional Safety
- Power and Freedom
Goal 3: Understanding and Implementing a Student-Directed Approach to Discipline
- Possibilities for Student Self-Discipline
- Shortcomings of Traditional Forms of Discipline
- The Principles Underlying a Schoolwide Student Self-Discipline program
- Case Study: La Cima Middle School
Goal 4: Understanding the Limits and Obstacles to Implementing These Recommendations
About the Authors
Dale Scott Ridley is an assistant professor at the West Campus of Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He has 10 years of experience in teaching and research in the areas of teacher and student self-regulation and motivation. His particular area of expertise is strategies for reflective teaching and learning.
Bill Walther is a middle school teacher for Amphitheater Public School in Tucson, Arizona. He has a BA in education from the University of Arizona and is currently working on his master's degree in educational leadership. Bill has been teaching for 10 years and was recently named the Arizona Science Teacher of the Year for 1994 by the Arizona Science Teacher's Association. His particular area of expertise is using technology to enhance student learning and motivation.