Re-Theorizing Discipline in Education

Problems, Politics, and Possibilities

by Zsuzsanna Millei (Volume editor) Tom G. Griffiths (Volume editor) Robert John Parkes (Volume editor)
©2010 Textbook XIV, 194 Pages
Series: Complicated Conversation, Volume 34


For over a century, teachers, parents, and school leaders have lamented a loss of ‘discipline’ in classrooms. Caught between guidance approaches on the one hand and a call for zero tolerance on the other, current debates rarely venture beyond the terrain of implementation strategies. This book aims to reinvigorate thinking on ‘discipline’ in education by challenging the notions, foundations, and paradigms that underpin its use in policy and practice. It confronts the understanding of ‘discipline’ as purely repressive, and raises the possibility of enabling forms and conceptualizations of ‘discipline’ that challenge tokenistic avenues for students’ liberation and enhance students’ capacity for agency. This book is an essential resource for university lecturers, pre-service and in-service teachers, policymakers, and educational administrators who want to re-think ‘discipline’ in education in ways that move beyond a concern with managing disorder, to generate alternative understandings that can make a difference in students’ lives.


XIV, 194
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2010 (November)
classroom management behavior modification school discipline education and state politics of schooling educational practices power (social sciences) critical pedagogy educational psychology sociology of education
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main., Oxford, Wien, 2010. XIV, 194 pp.

Biographical notes

Zsuzsanna Millei (Volume editor) Tom G. Griffiths (Volume editor) Robert John Parkes (Volume editor)

The Editors: Zsuzsa Millei is a lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Her research is located in an interdisciplinary field and examines the ways in which ideologies and contemporary governance constitute the subjects of education. Her published work explores classroom discipline; government policies and initiatives; the use of political concepts in education; and curriculum and pedagogical discourses under different political ideological regimes. Tom G. Griffiths is a senior lecturer in comparative and international education at the University of Newcastle. His research has two major trajectories: the development of world-systems analysis as a theoretical framework for comparative research; and the study of ‘socialist education’ in Cuba and, more recently, Venezuela, informed by this framework. He has published this work in national and international journals. Robert John Parkes is a senior lecturer in curriculum theory, history education, and media literacy at the University of Newcastle. His scholarship, drawing on poststructural, postcolonial and hermeneutic theories, is built along two axes of concern focusing on ‘knowledge, curriculum and the representation problem,’ and ‘disciplinarity, pedagogy and self-formation.’


Title: Re-Theorizing Discipline in Education