Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- the Quality School Teacher by William Glasser

Academic journal article et Cetera

Books -- the Quality School Teacher by William Glasser

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William Glasser. The Quality School Teacher. New York: Harper Collins, 1993.

William Glasser is the originator of the control theory of psychology. This theory proposes that human beings have five basic needs: love, power, freedom, fun, and survival. These are built into our genetic structure, and from birth we devote all our behavior to attempt to satisfy them. In an earlier work, The Quality School, Glasser explains what is needed to move a school from competence (or incompetence) to "quality." Achieving a quality school requires having the teachers and students consistently satisfying one or more of the five basic needs for themselves.

Glasser's most recent volume, The Quality School Teacher, was written as a companion volume to his earlier book. This book may have a "high order abstraction" title, but it is loaded with lower order suggestions and applications on how to become a quality school teacher. It stresses the importance of control theory as well as the work of management guru W. Edwards Deming who was interested in the subject of quality in business. Glasser believes in the value of having a theoretical structure when implementing organizational change. In his own words, "Knowledge is prediction, and knowledge comes from theory. Experience teaches nothing without theory. Do not try to copy someone else's success. Unless you understand the theory behind it, trying to copy it can lead to complete chaos."

One vital theoretical principle of quality school teaching is that the current educational model, "teach-test-reward or punish," is counterproductive to constructive education. …

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