The Effects of Teachers’ Classroom Management Practices on Disruptive, or Aggressive Student Behavior

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Oliver, R.M., Reschly, D. and Wehby, J.

Subject Keywords: Effective classroom management
Catalogue: Systematic Reviews
Campbell Reviews
Type: Article
Region: International (other)

Disruptive behavior in schools has been a source of concern for school systems for several years. Indeed, the single most common request for assistance from teachers is related to behavior and classroom management (Rose & Gallup, 2005). Classrooms with frequent disruptive behaviors have less academic engaged time, and the students in disruptive classrooms tend to have lower grades and do poorer on standardized tests (Shinn, Ramsey, Walker, Stieber, & O‟Neill, 1987). Furthermore, attempts to control disruptive behaviors cost considerable teacher time at the expense of academic instruction.
Effective classroom management focuses on preventive rather than reactive procedures and establishes a positive classroom environment in which the teacher focuses on students who behave appropriately (Lewis & Sugai, 1999). Rules and routines are powerful preventative components to classroom organization and management plans because they establish the behavioral context of the classroom by specifying what is expected, what will be reinforced, and what will be retaught if inappropriate behavior occurs (Colvin, Kame‟enui, & Sugai, 1993). This prevents problem behavior by giving students specific, appropriate behaviors to engage in. Monitoring student behavior allows the teacher to acknowledge students who are engaging in appropriate behavior and prevent misbehavior from escalating (Colvin et al., 1993).



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Oliver, R.M., Reschly, D. and Wehby, J.. (2011) The Effects of Teachers’ Classroom Management Practices on Disruptive, or Aggressive Student Behavior [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 25th November 2015].


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