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Engaging Troubling Students
A Constructivist Approach

  • Scot Danforth - San Diego State University, Chapman University, USA, Ohio State University
  • Terry Jo Smith - National Louis University, USA


August 2004 | 336 pages | Corwin

"Danforth and Smith have written an exceptional book on educating 'troubling' students. It is a clear alternative to current books on educating children with emotional and behavioral disorders, most of which are based on behavioral theories. They offer practical guidance, well illustrated with stories from their own experiences on collaboration, working with families, conflict resolution, social support for students, providing a caring pedagogy, and teacher development."
James L. Paul, Professor, Special Education
University of South Florida

Truly teaching "troubling" students means connecting with them in ways that can last a lifetime!

Teachers are consistently faced with students who behave in disruptive or disrespectful ways. These "troubling" students are frequently disengaged from both academics and the possibility of meaningful relationships with caring adults. How can teachers engage these students in instruction and learning as well as the development of trust and personal growth?

Engaging Troubling Students offers instructional and student support practices grounded in critical constructivism--engaging problematic students in the learning process and building strong relationships with them. These interactions and relationships can have a profound impact on their emotional well-being and learning. Danforth and Smith draw from many academic fields to build this comprehensive resource:

  • History and roots of current issues and dilemmas
  • Theoretical foundation of critical constructivism
  • Teaching practices designed to foster the teacher-student relationship
  • Specific programs addressing conflict, families, inclusive education, and more

Filled with rich narrative and directed to teachers working with troubling students each day, this insightful, practical guide will help lead you as you develop helpful, trusting relationships with them.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Teaching as Relationship  
About This Book  
Outline of the Book  
 
Part I: Conceptual and Historical Foundations
 
1. Examining Child and School Behaviors
 
2. Introducing Critical Constructivism
 
3. Creating a Participatory Classroom Community
 
Part II: The Pedagogies of Constructivism
 
4. Adopting a Caring Pedagogy
 
5. Working Together
 
6. Reflective Teaching
 
Part III: Programs and Practices
 
7. Using Conflict Resolution as Instruction
 
8. Implementing the KEYS Program for Students With E/BD
 
9. Working With Families
 
10. Considering Inclusive Education
 
11. Honoring and Developing Ourselves as Teachers
 
References
 
Index

"Engaging Troubled Children is the first book for preservice teachers in special education that is substantial enough to be a primary course textbook that does not objectify troubled students by delineating a host of degrading labels and distancing and alienating technical interventions."

Ellen Brantlinger, Professor, Special Education and Curriculum
Indiana University

"Danforth and Smith have written an exceptional book on educating ‘troubling’ students. It is a clear alternative to current books on educating children with emotional and behavioral disorders, most of which are based on behavioral theories. They offer practical guidance, well illustrated with stories from their own experiences on collaboration, working with families, conflict resolution, social support for students, providing a caring pedagogy, and teacher development."

James L. Paul, Professor, Special Education
University of South Florida

Those educators who wish to transform their classroom into a creative, cooperative setting, who wish to enable their students to construct personal and social meaning in their lives, who wish to develop a meaningful and lasting relationship with their students, and who wish to change not only those troubling students but the teachers' own lives will not find better reading or a more useful resource and practical guide.

Education Review, April 2005
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