freedom

freedom

Unit description
We are now going to turn our attention to one of the more perennial problems of education, that is, discipline. In
conjunction to this theme, we are also revisiting our understanding of the notion of freedom and authority which are
critical dimensions whenever we discuss discipline from a philosophical perspective.

Unit Introduction
Teachers and students share the same social space and goals. They have the power to share meaningful experiences and
develop mutual respect and appreciation of each other. Yet, what we often see is far from this ideal picture. The school
and classroom become a battleground with sometimes major confrontations. Any beginning or even experienced
teacher is and should be concerned about maintaining appropriate disciplinary standards in class and at school. Good
discipline, as you would agree, is certainly an aid and a motivation for learning. It enhances both teacher and student
motivation.

Learning outcomes
In this unit, you will:
(i)
(ii)
(iii)
(iv)

Relate the concept of authority, freedom in relation to indiscipline Consider some of the most common
issues regarding discipline in classrooms and schools
Examine the concomitant concepts of freedom and authority
Develop understanding of the nature, form and context of indiscipline
Examine the role of the teacher in relation to the maintenance of discipline in the classroom and school

Unit outline
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6

3.7

3.8

Introduction
Meaning of discipline
The Concept of Authority
The Concept of Freedom
Definition of indiscipline
Types of discipline problems
3.6.1
Students and school
3.6.2
Student and Teacher
3.6.3
Student and student
Causes of School and Classroom Indiscipline:
3.7.1
Changing context of school
3.7.2
Changing Adolescent Profile
3.7.3
In school factors
Conclusion

3.1 Introduction
The word discipline, as you may already be aware comes from the Latin word “disco” which means “I learn”...

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