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superkaytee 10 / 30  
Mar 5, 2007   #1
Hi i have wrote an essay for my psychology assessment.could you give me some feedback please?Do you think I ahve defined the topic well or not?

This is the title:

Child-centred practice ignores the individuality of children's needs and is impractical for use when responding to bullying in a class room setting. Discuss.

During the process of this essay, I aim to establish the effect of child-centred practice within a school environment, and identify whether it has a positive or negative influence on individuality, particularly with regards to bullying.

To define child-centred practice in a working environment means being aware of children at all times. Every child has a right to a safe childhood, to grow in safety free from intimidation or too much responsibility. To focus on child practice in the classroom, teachers are to uphold the child's best interest. To promote child-centrism, the teacher must differentiate for each child in the class based on their abilities. A teacher must also recognise the potential of the students. However organisational beliefs in the workplace may be unaware or deny that there is any bullying occurring in the school. This belief needs to be explored and clarified. Besag's definition of child-centred states that it 'aims to enhance the emotional, social, and physical needs of the child' (Pg. 119). In any school, the individual needs of the child need to be met. Confidence and self-esteem are important aspects of child development and factors which can influence their growth could be their backgrounds, family structures, influences from school and peers, their temperament, development and behaviour. For an anti-bullying approach to be established in the school, these factors of a child's growth should be taken into consideration as all children are unique and their reactions vary to different situations.

Bullying others could be caused by negative social interactions with peers or inherited anger, which may cause a lot of stress and hatred. These children only learn to channel their emotions by inflicting hurt on others. Children with low self-confidence issues or a clash of personalities may be the underlying cause of the negative behaviour.

All schools need to have guidelines against bullying and procedures in place so that so that children can co-exist peacefully with students who aren't necessarily their friends and will protect them from bullying.eg; teachers emphasizing that both verbal and physical bullying will not be tolerated. This course of action must be planned and organised so that all teachers are aware of the procedures and are not alone in dealing with situations. Olweus (1987) defines bullying very eloquently in Bergas' book as 'a person who is bullied when he/she is exposed regularly and over time, to negative activities on the part of one or more persons' (p.3). In order to prevent bullying it is essential to provide a safe and supportive environment in order for each individual to feel secure and establish an element of trust. Drama is an excellent example of how this trust can be obtained through teaching, as not only does this create the comfortable environment, but also allows the children to express their emotions in a way in which they feel less daunting.When dealing with bullying behaviour in any way whether its activities regarding bullying of a child in the class or drama role-play, this issue needs to be handled with sensitivity. Children have a right to make their own choices but also need support to handle the situation and judge what method of action is necessary.

The 'No-Blame Approach' coined and adopted by Sharp and Smith is a child- centred one, as it 'focuses on the child's feelings. This method has seven steps and emphasises a constructive solution achieved through a participative, non-primitive approach which involves pupils themselves to resolve the problem' (p.88). This approach can be equally beneficial in the resolution of bullying amongst peers, as it highlights the importance of treating each situation as unique. Teachers and parents equally have a very significant role to play in identifying possible problems and resolving them in the most efficient and suitable manner to that specific incident. Parents need to inform the school if they feel that their child is being bullied and in turn the school has the responsibility to inform parents if their child is involved in bullying. Co-operation and involvement of both parties is necessary to establish a shared understanding of action deemed appropriate.

Teachers are role models to the children in their class. A school needs to encourage respect and self-worth to pupils by modelling this behaviour amongst staff members. A school's attempt to increase the child's self-confidence, self-worth and increase their social skills will be in vain if a system is not in place. In summary, I believe that a child-centred approach could be very beneficial to the learning process if this technique is used and monitored in a controlled environment, however, it is vital to remember that a child's best interest is of utmost importance. It is essential that both the school and the individual teacher are supported in order to achieve optimum results with this method, and in turn the pupils will gain in confidence and self-belief, whilst improving their social skills.

To conclude, child centered practice has a positive effect on the individuality of children's needs, and is very practical when responding to bullying in the classroom.

EF_Team2 1 / 1,709  
Mar 5, 2007   #2
Greetings!

I don't know anything about the subject matter, but I can tell you the method I would use to get started. First I would define what "child-centred practice" is. Then I might describe what sorts of bullying might occur in a classroom setting, in order to define the problem. I would then give specific examples as to how one would apply child-centred practice in that situation and address why that particular method would not be effective in those types of situations. Since your topic talks about "the individuality of children's needs" you should also address what those needs are. Your examples will show how those needs will not be met by child-centred practice techniques.

I hope this helps!

Thanks,

Sarah, EssayForum.com
OP superkaytee 10 / 30  
Mar 7, 2007   #3
Does that mean i should be disagreeing with the statement?
EF_Team2 1 / 1,709  
Mar 7, 2007   #4
Greetings!

Well, actually, no, not necessarily. Since the instructions say "Discuss" you should probably present arguments for both sides. However, you should probably take a position on one side or the other; that way, you can present a thesis statement (take a position) and support it with arguments that show why your position is correct and the opposite stance is not.

Hope this helps!

Thanks,

Sarah, EssayForum.com
OP superkaytee 10 / 30  
Mar 9, 2007   #5
Hi again...okay so i have taken your advice you offered and now have defined child centred and bullying and done some research but im having trouble tying all the pieces together and discovering an intro.could you help...Thanks!

Child-centred practice ignores the individuality of children's needs and is impractical for use when responding to bullying in a class room setting. Discuss

Intro?
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OP superkaytee 10 / 30  
Mar 9, 2007   #6
bullying need help urgently!!please

I have just spent the whole day fine tuning this essay and its due on Monday. Could you please give me some feedback please.Thanks.

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OP superkaytee 10 / 30  
Mar 10, 2007   #7
oh thanks very much...i had lot of mistakes i had not seen.
Do you think that this essay is arguing for and against as im not sure im getting it right??
Thanks in advance...kate
EF_Team2 1 / 1,709  
Mar 10, 2007   #8
Greetings!

Your paper seems to focus almost exclusively on the importance of implementing procedures to combat bullying. I'm not sure that you have really addressed specifically how child-centred practice "ignores the individuality of children's needs and is impractical for use when responding to bullying in a class room setting." You need to give specific examples of why and how child-centred practice ignores the individual and is impractical -- and, if your research provides you with reasons why those arguments are not true (that is, why it does not ignore the individual and is not impractical), then present them as well.

Hope this clears it up a bit!

Thanks,

Sarah, EssayForum.com
EF_Team2 1 / 1,709  
Apr 15, 2007   #9
Greetings!

I think your essay has turned out very well! When you ask whether you have defined the topic, do you mean your definition of child-centered practice as "being aware of children at all times"? I don't know the correct definition of the term, so I can't say for sure; however, it does seem to me that there must be more to the definition than that. I think you should probably define the term specifically before launching into your argument about whether it is a good educational approach. Other than that suggestion, I will just make a couple of small editing observations:

When dealing with bullying behaviour in any way, [add comma] whether it is activities regarding bullying of a child in the class or drama role-play,

In summary, I believe that a child-centred approach could be very beneficial to the learning process if this technique is used and monitored in a controlled environment; [use semicolon here instead of comma] however, it is vital to remember that a child's best interest is of utmost importance. -- You might want to start a new paragraph with "In summary..."

Your hard work has paid off! Good job!

Thanks,

Sarah, EssayForum.com
jborntrager - / 1  
Nov 18, 2012   #10
Bullying and the many effects it has on children

Hi. I am wondering if someone can edit my paper for me and give me constructive critisicm. I have to turn in my paper with remarks on it.
AzizZ 2 / 24 1  
Nov 18, 2012   #11
Yes there are many highly qualified people in this website that would help you, but you need to post your paper that way it could read and revise it


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