Behaviour Management

Behaviour management is fundamental to running a safe, warm and productive classroom. This page highlights some of the professional literature on behaviour management. 

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Behaviour Management

Literacy and Behaviour (Hempenstall, K 2012)

Kerry Hempenstall gves an overivew of the research literature regarding the link between poor behaviour and poor reading. Although the causative process is probably reciprocal, there is a strong incentive for schools and society to address reading difficulties early, in order to pre-empt the development of anti-social behaviour. 

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Behavior Watch: Is Alfie Kohn Conning You? (Daniels A undated) The Aubrey Daniels Institute website

Aubrey Daniels takes a well-deserved scalpel to the appealing, but ultimately destructive, myths propagated by Alfie Kohn - in particular, the idea that conditionality is coercive. Daniels argues forcefully that “all behaviour that matters is conditional”. Daniels also points out the weaknesses of the ‘research’ that Kohn uses to support his opinions.

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Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers 9th edition (Alberto P A & Troutman A C 2012) Pearson

The updated edition of a classic that shows how teachers can apply the principles discovered in Applied Behaviour Analysis to their classrooms, to help the students develop behaviour patterns that will give them success, not only in school, but in life. (NB This link takes you to Amazon, not the book itself.)

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How Do Teachers' Expectations Affect Student Learning: Extract from Motivation to Learn: Integrating Theory and Practice (Stipek D 2001) education.com

What teachers expect of students profoundly affects students' expectations of themselves and each other. Therefore, teachers need to be highly conscious of their judgements and how these affect students.

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Rules, Praise, and Ignoring: Elements of Elementary Classroom Control (Madsen C H, Becker W C and Thomas D R 1968) Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 1(2) 19-150 retrieved from Journal of Direct Instruction Winter 2001

Reprinted from 1968, this classic article simplifies the elements of classroom management as illustrated through a reversal design experiment conducted in two classrooms. The writers are bold enough to suggest one key principle as the foundation of good management. See if you agree!

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Effects of teacher attention on digit reversal (Hasazi, J & Hasazi, S 1972) Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 5(2) 157-162 retrieved from ncbi.nlm.nih.gov website

This early study showed that teachers may inadvertently encourage student failure by giving attention for the wrong contingencies. Skillful teachers can shape students’ behaviour by thoughtful analysis of their interactions, without being manipulative. 

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Ed Schools in Crisis (Kozloff, M A 2002) Watson School of Education, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Martin Kozloff outlines the political and philosophical alignments with the education profession and challenges the ineffectiveness of much initial teacher training, arguing for more rational and empirical methods to be used in determining which approaches should be applied. 
 
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