A Comparison of Discipline Models

According to Wong’s, Kagan, Kyle, and Scott students are given autonomy to do what they feel is good for them to do, where by teachers and parents involve them in making rules. This approach of Win-Win corrects the situation where by it helping students to come up with better decisions hence resulting to acceptable behavior.

While According to Morrish’s real discipline Students do not have knowledge on how to behave responsibly when they enter school, they as well don’t learn self discipline only through experience. Therefore this calls for supportive guidance for them to achieve the required discipline, (Charles, 2008).

Comparison on these discipline models

  • The two approaches give the student the central position in acquiring discipline.
  • The major role of the teachers is to ensure that students acquire the required discipline.
  • In both models students and teachers are involved as the key players in the whole process.
Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's Win-Win Discipline
·         This approach considers the use of disruptive behavior to have the students become more self-directing and more responsible.
·         Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's recommends that the process can only be effective if there is an interesting curriculum where the students are engaged in instructions in a positive learning environment.
·         One cannot thus say that a particular student is behaving while using this approach since this can only be attributed to a poor choice.
·         As expounded by Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's, it is agreeable not to aim at ending disruptions for the students as they will always be there but rather to teach the student how to be responsible at all instances.
·         The rules that the teachers should come up with should be simple and be limited to a maximum of five. This makes it easy for the students to always remember them and it is advisable to have them posted on the walls.
·         Though Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's recommend the adoption of even one major rule by the teacher where all of the other minor rules are incorporated, this may tend to overshadow some of the rules and even have the students forget them or ignore them.
·         There is need to always have provisions in advance to help and prevent classroom misbehavior.
·         Generally Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's take disruptive behavior to be in four main types; breaking rules, aggression, confrontation or disengagement. The advantage of having a specific classification of the various behaviors that may result to disruption is that the teacher is able to develop various tactics that are aimed at dealing with the improper conduct (Charles, 2008).
Advantages of Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's
·         By acknowledging that a student can only be disrupted because of making a poor choice, the teacher is able to help the students realize their power and direct their energies into a more productive activity.
·         The approach helps the students to set goals for themselves and also improves the teacher student relationship.
·         The students generally acquire life skills of discipline that will not only be useful to them during the school examinations but also in the whole life.
·         The approach helps the teachers not to use the wrong the approach that may even result into more disruptions in the future.
Disadvantages of the Kagan, Kyle, & Scott's
·         Since the approach is most effective when introduced before the first day of school, it can be effectively implemented in only a few instances.
·         The program have several technical procedures such as coming up with behavioral charts that may in themselves turn out to be boring to the students.

Advantages of Wong’s approach towards discipline

  • Students become more responsible as well as self driven since they work together with their teachers in the same direction and towards same end results. This is ensured by teachers providing a learning environment that is conducive as well as engaging students into active institutions. Students will achieve autonomy in whatever they are doing.
  • Secondly this method of learning assists students to make behavior choices and skills that will benefit them in future and that will assist them to relate well with other class mates.
  • Students and teachers can work together collectively; hence they can challenge any behavior problems occurring in the classroom by initiating solution to these problems. Here both parties will benefit hence the name win-win discipline (Charles, 2008) .

Disadvantages of Wong’s approach towards discipline

  • The students develop disruptions which results from one of seven student positions and they can be assumed to have come up as a result of the current existing motives, emotions, or states of mind. Of which all these positions are attention seeking, avoiding failure, being angry, control seeking, being energetic, being bored, and being uninformed.
  • It will be hard to correct a student since the Positions held are neither right nor wrong.
  • Is a difficult task to the teachers since they need not to agree to disruptive behaviors but have to accept as well as legalize the positions held by the students.
  • Leads to selfishness among the involved students.

Strengths of Wong’s  approach towards discipline

  • The parties involved which comprises of the parents the students and the teachers all take part in the process with same goal which is to strengthen cohesion in the school.
  • The students together with their teachers collaborate during the time when they are identifying problems and then they propose solutions to these problems.
  • The students are given the opportunity to learn on how to be responsible as well as being autonomous hence self-management.

Weaknesses of Wong’s approach towards discipline

  • The teachers will have no other option rather than to prevent disruption.
  • When students engages in the disruptions they will break rules become aggressive, involve in confrontations, then lastly involve in disengagement which all of this should be dealt with by the teacher.
  • The class rules that should be followed do not favor what the teachers impose but what the teachers agree upon with the students thus there is a lot of compromise.

            I disagree with Wong’s because it will not be a prudent decision to give this much autonomy to students as they will only be willing to fulfill their ego. Also they develop being selfish thus their social aspect will be affected.

Advantage of Morrish approach towards discipline

  • The method of disciplining adopted by Morrish teaches students how to behave properly.
  • The method requires that students show courtesy as well as consideration.
  • The students will acquire the required social skills and be trained to work within a configuration of rules as well as limits.
  • The focus is on improving personal discipline of the teachers as well as the skills then promoting discipline that is effective among different schools as a team approach.

Disadvantages of Morrish approach towards discipline

  • Morrish views the purpose of discipline as a process of making students do what they don’t want to do this is a disadvantage to students since they mostly don’t like to obey rules.
  • According to Morrish real Discipline will rely on other things but not highly on natural motivation.
  • According to Morrish teachers should not continually praise as well as reward students for what the school rules expect them to do.

Strengths of Morrish approach towards discipline

  • It gives courage for students to persevere as well as work through tasks which are not particularly pleasing (Charles, 2008).
  • The method of discipline makes every student alert and active.
  • Morrish emphasizes on occasional rewards.

Weaknesses of Morrish approach towards discipline

  • Morrish overemphasis the power of a senior (teachers) in disciplining
  • The assumption by Morrish is that it is the result of low self esteem that students perform poorly in school and get into trouble often but for those who perform well have high self esteem.
  • Morrish still assumes that teachers who work extra harder to ensure high self-esteem in students sometimes do more harm than good.
  • Morrish see giving children freedom to chose as spoiling it.

            I agree with Morrish since a student is given a chance to repeat the wronged behavior in a manner that is acceptable and therefore he or she can learn the correct behavior.

Contrast between these discipline models

  • Wong’s views discipline as giving the students the authority to chose on what they feel being good for them to do therefore giving them the autonomy, where as Morrish argues that students do not have the autonomy when it comes to discipline.
  • According to Wong’s there is argument as well as confrontation between teachers and students, where as according to Morrish this does not arise at all.
  • Morrish believes that students do not know how to behave responsibly where as Wong’s believe that they have the potential to choose the rules to follow in behaving (Charles, 2008).
Charles, M. (2008). Building classroom discipline. Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

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