Student relationships : democratic classrooms

Crosswell, Leanne J. (2008) Student relationships : democratic classrooms. In Millwater, Jan & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Transitioning to the Real World of Education. Pearson Education Australia, Australia, pp. 69-96.

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Democratic classrooms are learning environments that move students from being mere “tourists,” to active and engaged “citizens” with a voice in their own learning community (Frieberg, 1996). The positive impact of creating a democratic learning environment on both academic learning and behavioural outcomes is well documented within the literature (Birch & Ladd, 1997; Deiro, 1996; Murray, 2002; Murray & Pianta, 2007; Pianta, 1999). The key question seems to be: How can this be achieved while still maintaining a classroom that is well managed, effective and inclusive of all learners? Historically, most classroom environments were founded on strong hierarchical structures that relied heavily on teacher control and authority. Democratic classroom models have moved to include students as collaborative partners in the learning environment and aim to involve students in classroom decisions such as: the establishment of classroom rules and expectations, their own learning and behaviour, classroom processes and planning for curriculum and assessment (Pryor, 2002, 2004). In such classrooms, the focus is on quality working relationships both between teacher and student and student with fellow students. In this chapter we will discuss the theoretical frameworks that support democratic classrooms and how these can be successfully applied to classroom practice.

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ID Code: 17239
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Behaviour Management, Democratic Classrooms, Student-Centred Classrooms, Student Voice
ISBN: 9781442510234
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Pearson Education Australia
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 01:47
Last Modified: 10 May 2016 21:08

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