School Rules: Obedience, Discipline, and Elusive Democracy

By Rebecca Raby

© 2012

How much say should students have in shaping their schools' disciplinary cultures? Should they have the power to weigh in on contentious issues like favouritism, discrimination, ‘no hats’ rules, and zero tolerance? What if pupils disagree with their teachers and administrators on certain rules? Rebecca Raby reflects on how regulations are made, applied, and negotiated in educational settings in the accessibly written School Rules.

Through an in-depth analysis of original data, including interviews with teachers, administrators, and students, and codes of conduct, School Rules reveals what rules mean to different participants, and where it is that they becoming a challenge. Raby investigates students' acceptance or contestation of disciplinary regulations, and examines how school rules reflect and perpetuate existing inequalities and students' beliefs about young people. Illustrating the practical challenges and political and theoretical concerns of involving students in rule-making, School Rules can help teachers and administrators facilitate more meaningful rules and student participation in their own schools.

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Rebecca Raby reflects on how regulations are made, applied, and negotiated in educational settings in the accessibly written School Rules.

School Rules: Obedience, Discipline, and Elusive Democracy

By Rebecca Raby

© 2012

How much say should students have in shaping their schools' disciplinary cultures? Should they have the power to weigh in on contentious issues like favouritism, discrimination, ‘no hats’ rules, and zero tolerance? What if pupils disagree with their teachers and administrators on certain rules? Rebecca Raby reflects on how regulations are made, applied, and negotiated in educational settings in the accessibly written School Rules.

Through an in-depth analysis of original data, including interviews with teachers, administrators, and students, and codes of conduct, School Rules reveals what rules mean to different participants, and where it is that they becoming a challenge. Raby investigates students' acceptance or contestation of disciplinary regulations, and examines how school rules reflect and perpetuate existing inequalities and students' beliefs about young people. Illustrating the practical challenges and political and theoretical concerns of involving students in rule-making, School Rules can help teachers and administrators facilitate more meaningful rules and student participation in their own schools.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Rebecca Raby is a professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.
  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Chapter One: Introduction
    Chapter Two: "No hats!" and other conventional rules
    Chapter Three: Big rules and big consequences
    Chapter Four: The rules and their underlying beliefs
    Chapter Five: Consistency and context
    Chapter Six: The contexts of class, ethnicity and racism
    Chapter Seven: Regulating sexualized and gendered bodies
    Chapter Eight: Acceptance and challenge
    Chapter Nine: Students having a say
    Chapter Ten: Conclusion and practical implications

    Appendix A: Methods
    Appendix B: Focus group participants
    Appendix C: Staff participants

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