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Strategies to Reduce Student Misbehavior

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O C Moles
Date Published
168 pages
Student misconduct and how to promote better discipline in schools are serious concerns not only of educators and the public, but also of students.
National studies indicate that up to a quarter of students in secondary schools fear for their safety, with more students fearful in junior high than senior high schools. School staff are also apprehensive. Factors deemed to be the cause of student misbehavior include personal disposition, perceptions of the future, social background, family life, and peer group influences that the student brings to school. This presentation explores various strategies educators might use to maintain order and bring about student compliance with school rules and regulations, such as various concepts and research findings on classroom management techniques, the contribution of school leadership and key organizational elements of schools to maintaining student discipline, the link between court decisions and changes in school discipline practices, attempts to reduce disruptive behavior by changing school practices in ways guided by research, and four discipline programs (Assertive Discipline, Teacher Effectiveness Training, Reality Therapy, and Adlerian-based approaches). This collection of strategies should be useful to social scientists and educational researchers who study school organization and improvement, school-community linkages, classroom environments, staff-student interaction, and the nature and extent of student discipline problems.