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The Dreikurs theory for classroom management, sometimes called Rudolf Dreikurs’ theory of Social Discipline, acts as a framework for thinking. I have drawn primarily on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Their theory and practice of seeing maladaptive behaviour in children and adolescents . Rudolf Dreikurs (February 8, – May 25, ) was an American Dreikurs’ main theory dealt with misbehavior of pre-adolescents.

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The Authors’ Personal Reflections Angela Curry One point I found particularly interesting relates back to the second case study above involving Charles.

Retrieved June 8,from http: Children’s art Services Forms. We make assumptions and believe that these assumptions are true. His sister, one year younger than him, is theofy in the class. It was difficult to find scholarly articles that were critical of Dreikurs’s work and his educational theory.

When a child feels like they don’t belong, or are “lower on the totem pole” than others, they misbehave as a way to gain social status. How would you incorporate them?

Rudolf Dreikurs – Wikipedia

Obviously Kohn does not see Dreikurs’s use of classroom meetings and other techniques as democratic because teachers still hold much of the power and students have no choice but to conform to what the teacher wants and thinks is best for the group. Thus, his techniques for preventing misbehavior and encouraging appropriate behavior could be applied equally in both settings.

Dreikurs felt that it probably was not solely the play that was responsible for the changes in Hal. This was called “democratic teaching. When a student is unsuccessful in obtaining acceptance, a pattern of misbehavior begins. When we choose how to behave, we almost never have all the facts we need to make adequate choices. A socio-teleological approach implies the existence of God, a higher purpose, and a natural order of things.


These strategies require an openness and caring for the student in order to achieve success. High School Case Study Hal is the eldest of two children and a student in the teacher’s eleventh grade English class. Dteikurs doing so, students are given an opportunity to examine and change their behavior.

Rudolf Dreikurs

Upon Adler’s death inDreikurs completed Adler’s lecture tour in Scotland. Lastly, teachers should encourage students who display inadequacy, by offering these students encouragement and support for even minimal efforts. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Furthermore, by encouraging Bessie, the teacher nurtured Bessie’s pride in her accomplishments Dreikurs,p. History of “Rudolf Dreikurs” Note: This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Not like a cheerleader, but someone who tneory that things can change. Dreikurs did not consider punishment an effective method of discipline. Charles once displayed a switchblade, which the teacher firmly asked him to leave at home. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. His methods of addressing misbehaviors in the classroom are appropriate and adaptable to my 9th grade science classroom.

Anyone who can alter the expectations of people can change their behavior. He spent much of his life theiry a consultant in public schools explaining how his theories could be translated into practice for classroom management and discipline.

Only a few people investigate the conditions present in particular situations. It was decided and agreed upon that while one student was reading aloud other students would wait to raise their hands until the teacher asked for input.

All three were put on probation. This was greeted with laughter by the class. His books list many ways to combat these behaviors.

Rudolf Dreikurs – New World Encyclopedia

He believed that punishment was humiliating and offensive to students. What if the consequence for speeding required that I spend a year in prison?

When this happens the child acts from one of four “mistaken goals”: Gaining power and control: This example of the Revenge goal illustrates how the strategy of acknowledging the student’s power can be extremely effective. The teacher is instructed to set up situations where the students can exhibit talents and strengths and ultimately experience acceptance.


Logical Consequences Psychology in the Classroom: Dreikurs noted that Hal was ambitious and capable, as evidenced by his criminal activities. Sidebar [Skip] Now Available! As Kohn notes, “The student is still forced to do something undesirable or prevented from doing something desirablebut the tone of the interaction is supposed to be more reasonable and friendly, and the consequence itself must have some conceptual connection to the child’s act.

His primary focus was on pre-adolescents, and he reasoned that their problem behavior resulted from feelings of lack of significance in their social group.

Dreikurs described two types of consequences: The teacher also began giving Bessie more time to finish her work. He described four “mistaken goals” that such children would resort to, and outlined the most effective ways teachers and parents can respond.

A well-adjusted child will conform to the requirements of the group by making valuable contributions. In math she will put anything down for an answer or she might put down no answer at all. Positive Discipline Association n. The study showed that during the four-year period, suspensions decreased from 64 per year to 4 per yearvandalism decreased from 24 occurrences to 2 and teachers reported an improvement in the classroom climate, behavior, and academic performance Articles That Do Not Support Dreikurs’ Theory It was difficult to find scholarly articles that were critical of Dreikurs’s work and his educational theory.