n Educare - A different approach to classroom discipline problems

Volume 32, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829
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In 1996 corporal punishment was banned in all South African schools. In addition, in 1998, Outcomes-based Education (OBE) was introduced in South African classrooms. Many educators claim that the introduction of extensive group work, which plays a significant role in OBE, has exacerbated the discipline problem. The combination of these factors has led to a situation where it is felt that discipline has collapsed in many South African schools. This article includes an examination of the diverse methods of classroom and whole-school discipline which educationalists have employed over the years. A thorough study of the latest research and literature revealed that parental involvement is becoming one of the most important measures of discipline both in and out of the school. This refers to involvement in the home environment and involvement in school activities in general. An empirical study was undertaken, where the Parental Involvement Programme (PIP) was conducted with a number of children and families. The results indicated that the PIP had a positive effect on the overall behaviour and functioning of the children in the study. Finally, it is stated that committed involvement with the child in his/her home and at school may go a long way towards alleviating some of the discipline problems currently experienced in the classroom.

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