School Rules: Obedience, Discipline, and Elusive Democracy

School Rules: Obedience, Discipline, and Elusive Democracy

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By Rebecca Raby
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
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288 Pages
ISBN 9781442610415
Published Apr 2012
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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.

Rebecca Raby is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.

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