Investigating Troublesome Classroom Behaviour: Practical Tools for Teachers

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Education - 190 pages
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'Get on with your work!', 'Stop talking!', 'Pay attention!'
Does it sound familiar?
Research evidence worldwide shows that managing classroom behaviour continues to cause difficulties for teachers. It is not the acts of violence or defiance that grind down teachers' energy and enthusiasm for their work, but dealing with constant repetitions of minor misbehaviours.
The prevalent explanation for disruptive behaviour is 'individual deficit' - blaming and shaming the children for their inappropriate behaviour and teachers for their lack of management skills. This book shows that this attitude ignores recent research and is prohibiting the future.
This book helps teachers investigate children's troublesome classroom behaviour through action research, providing them with strategies that will lead to lasting change. A vast range of topics are dicussed from practical examples of good teaching and the role of the classroom, to carrying out your own research and identifying and building on a teacher's strengths.
  

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Contents

Figures
21
Focus on learning relationships
24
Teachers and troublesome behaviour
52
Children and troublesome behaviour
77
Schools and troublesome behaviour
105
Building collaborative practice
120
Skills of action research
139
Summary
154
Effective interventions
173
Index
187
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