Kounin's Model of Discipline

Lindsey Wells


Jacob Kounin was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1912. In 1939, he graduated from Iowa State University with doctorate degree. He then began his work as an educational psychologist at Wayne State University in 1946. His main focus was on integrating learning and discipline in the classroom.


Instead of discipline and instruction being separate techniques, Kounin explained how teachers should incorporate different aspects from each in order to create an effective classroom. Kounin believes in preventative discipline. The ripple effect is something he believed could occur in a positive way. Kounin also believed that teachers should be attentive to all aspects of the classroom. He felt that teachers should keep their students attentive and involved.

Classroom Implementation

  • Teacher needs to be attentive of all aspects of the classroom
  • Teacher needs to keep students attentive and actively involved
  • Teacher should be able to attend two events or activities at the same time
  • Teacher should make all activities enjoyable and challenging


The effectiveness of this model allows for many tasks to get accomplished in a timely manner. Teachers being attentive and aware to the entire class could be very beneficial to students with learning differences. Preventative attitudes helps promote interactions between students.


Too many things going on at once could actually cause chaos instead of avoiding it. Teacher being so focused on running the class perfectly could take away from creativity or leeway in the classroom.

Key Words

  • Ripple Effect
  • withitness
  • overlapping
  • effective
  • transitions
  • satiation
  • management