College of Education Theses and Dissertations

Title

Reflection on Discipline and Classroom Management Practices

Date of Award

6-2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Education

Abstract

This research project and thesis paper observed and analyzed the discipline incidents and classroom management procedures of a White female educator in a culturally diverse classroom and how well these procedures supported ideals of Culturally Relevant Teaching. Through reflection and the cyclical nature of teacher-research, the author uncovered and discussed three themes that were part of her classroom discipline experiences. The themes are Bodies and Space, which discusses racialized treatment of her students bodies withing the classroom space, Logistics, which identifies how logistical constraints create negative consequences for both student and teacher, and Words, which reveals the author's tendency to rely on 'banking' paradigms of education. The paper describes of these realizations led to improved classroom management practices while proposing changes that must still occur.

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