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ERIC Number: ED389427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Motivating Students to Appropriate Behavior.
Albright, Lucille; And Others
This Master's degree project developed a program for decreasing disruptive student behavior in order to increase the amount of on-task time in the classroom. Types and occurrences of disruptive behavior were documented over a 6-week period in two classrooms at each of two junior high schools (grades 6-8) in Illinois. Analysis of the data revealed that students' inability to act appropriately in a the classroom may be due to a decline of the family structure, to the adolescent development process, and to a lack of motivating lessons. Instructional response to these possible causes had not improved student motivation. Reviews of curricula and instruction revealed an overemphasis on teacher-directed instruction and a lack of student interaction during lessons. An analysis of the classroom setting, combined with strategies suggested by a literature review resulted in an action plan for intervention: (1) teaching of group skills for use in cooperative problem-solving activities; (2) development of of activity-based lessons; and (3) organization of base groups to foster a sense of community within the classroom. Post-intervention data indicated a decreased number of disruptive behaviors in one school, and a minimal effect on behavior in the other school. (Contains 26 references. Thirty-one appendices include record forms, letters, assignments, and worksheets.) (TM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Active Learning, Adolescent Development, Behavior Problems, Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Family Structure, Intervention, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Problem Solving, Student Adjustment, Student Behavior, Student Improvement, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods, Teaching Styles, Time on Task
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Master's Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University.