ERIC Number: ED274024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Experienced Teachers' Use of Behavior Alteration Techniques on Common Student Misbehaviors.
Kearney, Patricia; Plax, Timothy G.
Conducted as part of a research program examining teachers' use of compliance gaining strategies to control specific student misbehaviors, a study investigated the strategies used by experienced teachers in dealing with student misbehaviors. The purpose was to compare the findings with those of an earlier study with prospective teachers. Subjects were 541 elementary and secondary school teachers, each with two or more years of teaching experience. All subjects completed a packet of survey instruments that elicited demographic information as well as teacher use of specific behavior alteration techniques. They were then given four student misbehavior scenarios reflecting (1) common discipline problems, (2) both active and passive misbehavior types, and (3) moderate to severe misbehavior intensity. Results showed that experienced teachers used a greater frequency and diversity of behavior alteration techniques than did the prospective teachers in the earlier study. In addition, unlike the prospective teachers, experienced teachers' reports of strategy use were, in part, a function of misbehavior type, teacher gender, and grade taught. (Copies of the scenarios are appended, and references and tables are included.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (36th, Chicago, IL, May 22-26, l986).