Stern builds on Macmurray’s (see above) philosophy to tease out its implications for contemporary education policy and practice. Stern argues that Macmurray’s philosophy can be used to reconceive schools as households, where people in schools - staff and students alike - are fellow members of those inclusive, tight-knit communities. This is highly recommended reading for its pithy insights into friendship, community, closeness and the body of Macmurray’s work. Vitto, J. (2003). Relationship-driven classroom management. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.

This practical book is written on the evidence-based premise that positive teacher-student relationships are an important factor in increasing student achievement and motivation as well as decreasing a student’s risk of dropping out, substance abuse, bullying and violence. Based on ideas from resiliency, classroom management and discipline, Vitto offers preventive and reactive strategies that can foster more positive teacher-student relationships.

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