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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24232

Title: Keystone Classroom Management: A Practical Approach to Producing Widespread Change in Student Behaviour
Authors: Shecter, Carly
Advisor: Ducharme, Joseph
Department: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Keywords: keystone skills
classroom behaviour management
Issue Date: 5-Apr-2010
Abstract: Many researchers have pointed out the difficulties teachers face with managing student oppositional behaviour in the classroom. Most pre-service teacher education programs emphasize the curriculum content and the planning of lessons to the exclusion of specialized training in classroom management approaches. This oversight has led to inadequate classroom management skills in many teachers and can result in low teacher self-efficacy and high rates of stress and burnout. Many commonly employed strategies used by teachers to manage problem behaviour focus on reductive consequences that can have a range of negative side effects. Other strategies may be proactive and effective, but are often too complicated and impractical for regular use. In this paper we propose a “keystone” approach to classroom management that may be more efficient and effective for teachers to use in the classroom. With this approach, teachers focus on a circumscribed set of specific classroom skills that have the potential to produce widespread improvement in child outcomes. Empirical support for this approach is discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/24232
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