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Learning to Trust: Attachment Theory and Classroom Management

Marilyn Watson


This book describes an approach to classroom management and discipline based on attachment theory. An overview of attachment theory research and a detailed description of its implications for teaching and classroom management are provided. One teacher, Laura Ecken, and her second/third-grade class in a high-poverty school are chronicled across two years as she manages her class, guided by attachment theory. Laura’s day-by-day and week-by-week efforts to build caring, trusting relationships with and among her students are documented in detail. The many steps she takes to guide the class into be ... More

Keywords: attachment theory, trust, Child Development Project, discipline, classroom management, autonomy, belonging, competence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190867263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190867263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marilyn Watson, author
Project Director and Director of Programs (retired), Developmental Studies Center, Oakland, CA

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