ERIC Number: ED203617
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
One Look at Aggression in the Classroom.
Smith, Carl R.
Iowa Perspective, v6 n1 p1-6 Oct 1980
The author defines classroom aggression, deals with the possible explanations as to why such behavior occurs, looks at possible misconceptions related to classroom aggression, and points out items which need to be looked at when analyzing classroom aggression. Two types of aggression--hostile and instrumental--are considered. Determinants of aggression are seen to include social, environmental, situational, and individual factors. Among the misconceptions regarding classroom aggression are that aggression is a drive that must be released through some process and the best educators can do is channel the means by which this is done and that frustration is the primary cause of aggression and always leads to aggression. Suggestions offered include the following: take a look at the type of aggression seen in pupils, take steps accordingly, look at many different possible causes, remember that the teacher's behavior is important, take a critical look at what seems to be "common sense," keep a record of the effects of various interventions, and look at the target of aggression. (SB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Special Education.