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ERIC Number: ED269528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Questioning Urban Elementary Public School Teachers on Classroom Control Rules.
Sigmon, Scott B.
A brief questionnaire examining how teachers' rules of conduct facilitate learning was answered by 20 teachers in a Northeastern urban elementary school. Only two of these, from the upper levels, posted written rules. Verbal rules regarding inappropriate talking and seat leaving behavior were most frequently issued across all grades. Also issued but at a lesser frequency were rules emphasizing courteousness in the hope it would generalize to other situations. Specific techniques for dealing with problem behaviors were offered by half the teachers. A literature search of this area found that most psychological work focused on behavior modification, while much educational material examined teacher characteristics plus teaching styles. Both the literature and responses to the questionnaire indicate that behavior modification is of little value in dealing with discipline problems. It is more effective to state rules of conduct clearly at the outset and enforce them consistently. (KH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A