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Exploring the Theories of Democratic Teaching – Rudolph Dreikurs by Mind Map: Exploring the Theories of Democratic Teaching –  Rudolph Dreikurs
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Exploring the Theories of Democratic Teaching – Rudolph Dreikurs

Democratic (not permissive or autocratic) teaching

Autocratic teaching - "I told you to do it now, you will do it now"

Permissive teaching - "Well, whatever you want to do is all right, I guess. I know you'll do the right thing wont you?

Democratic teaching - Teachers allows and encourage students to take an active, participatory role in developing classroom procedures, as well as in making curricular and instructional decision

Students misbehavior results when individual pursue mistaken goals

Attention getting

Power seeking


Helplessness (feelings of inadequacy)

Logical Consequences

Must establish simple, specific classroom rules

Implement logical consequences rather than punishments.

Use punishment only when all logical consequences have been exhausted

Use Encouragement rather than praise

Use more encouragement to boost confidence and self esteem

Less praise - students can become dependent on the praise and begin to think they are of less worth if they do not / cannot continue the behavior


(1) Promotes respect and communication among students and teachers

(2) Allows students to takes responsibility for their own actions, to help establish class rules, and to influence instructional practises

(3) Logical consequence - a fair and basic element in discipline plan

(4) Provided a caring classroom community, using student-centered instructional techniques, and promotes collaboration between teachers and students


(1) Might be difficult for teachers to identify and understand students' reasons for misbehaving

(2) Teachers might not be able to respond properly and to provide logical consequences for all misbehaviours

(3) Teachers who are inherently autocratic or permissive might have difficulty adopting democratic perspective

Manning, M.L., & Bucher, K.T. (2007). Classroom management: Models, applications, and cases (2nd edition) Upper Saddle River, N.J.:Pearson