Moral Classrooms, Moral Children Creating a Constructivist Atmosphere in Early Education

ISBN-10: 0807753408

ISBN-13: 9780807753408

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Rheta DeVries, Betty Zan, Phyllis Jones

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This classic bestseller, now updated for today's diverse teaching force and student populations, explores the benefits of sociomoral practices in the classroom. The authors draw on recent research to show how these approaches work with children ages 2–8. They focus on how to establish and maintain a classroom environment that fosters children's intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and personality development. Extending the work of Jean Piaget, the authors advocate for a cooperative approach that contrasts with the coercion and unnecessary control that can be seen in many classrooms serving young children. Practical chapters demonstrate how the constructivist approach can be embedded in a school program by focusing on specific classroom situations and activities, such as resolving conflict, group time, rule making, decision making and voting, social and moral discussions, cooperative alternatives to discipline, and activity time.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 6/15/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Do We Mean by "Moral Classrooms"?
Vignettes from Three Classrooms
A Study of the Sociomoral Atmospheres in Three Kindergarten Classrooms
Components of the Sociomoral Atmosphere
Sociomoral Outcomes of Children from Three Different Sociomoral Atmospheres
The Sociomoral Atmosphere as Hidden Curriculum
So What Is the Constructivist Sociomoral Atmosphere?
What Do We Mean by "Moral Children"?
What We Do Not Mean by "Moral Children"
How Children Think About Moral Rules
How Children Think About Others
Moral Children in the Classroom
Mental Relationships
How the Sociomoral Atmosphere Influences a Child's Moral Development
Social Interaction and Construction of the Self
Constructivist Theory
Attachment Theory
Peer Relationships
The Constructivist Teacher's Role in Promoting Peer Interaction
Establishing a Constructivist Sociomoral Atmosphere
Definition of Constructivist Education
Ideas for Getting Started
Socializing Children for Self-Regulation in a 1st-Grade Classroom
Conflict and Its Resolution
The Role of Conflict in Development
The Sociomoral Atmosphere and Conflict Resolution
The Constructivist Teacher's Attitude Toward Children's Conflicts
Principles of Teaching in Conflict Situations
Conflict Prevention
Conflict Between Teacher and Child
Conclusion
Group Time
Objectives
Types of Group Time
Formal Aspects of Group Time
Leading Group Time
Common Problems at Group Time
The Issue of Show-and-Tell
Examples of Group Time
Rule Making
Objectives
Principles of Teaching
Teacher-Made Classroom Norms
Decision Making and Voting
Objectives
Decisions About Classroom Activities
Decisions About Classroom Procedures
Decisions About Special Problems
Principles of Teaching
When Voting Goes Awry
Social and Moral Discussions
Moral Judgment Theory
Moral Dilemmas
Objectives
Principles of Teaching
Real-Life Moral Discussions
Hypothetical Dilemmas Drawn from Real-Life Experiences
Cooperative Alternatives to Discipline
Two Types of Reaction to Children's Misbehavior
Principles of Teaching
Situations That Can Lead to Misbehavior
Activity Time
Objectives
Kinds of Knowledge Reflected in Activities
Planning for Activity Time
Principles of Teaching
The Sociomoral Atmosphere of the School
Kohlberg and Colleagues' Work on Assessing Moral Culture
Children's Experience of the School Atmosphere
The Teacher's Experience of the School Atmosphere
Principles for Administrators
The Sociomoral Atmosphere of the State Department of Education
Appendix: Rationales for General Categories of Constructivist Activities During Activity Time
References
Index
About the Authors
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