ERIC Number: ED405536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Beyond Contemporary Confusion: Away from Punitive Practice.
Behavior management presents an ongoing challenge that requires complex intervention skills on the part of guidance personnel. This paper presents strategies for helping school-based personnel move away from traditional punitive behavior management practices that are derived from a time when public humiliation of someone for social-rule-breaking behavior was acceptable classroom practice. The following keys have the potential to unlock the complexities of behavior management and assist counselors in promoting the shift from the paradigm of "punish disruption" to "support social skilling": (1) use descriptive models; (2) intentionally avoid playing games; and (3) recognize the strength of small and incremental changes. The shift to a paradigm of support through social training has not yet gained universal appeal in schools, and it is certainly misunderstood by the general community. In order to facilitate productive and enduring change, helping professionals need to provide enough framework for teachers to participate in risk-taking behavior and trust this process to remain committed to intervention plans when the support person is no longer there. An example of this minimalist approach to behavior management is found in the Behaviour Management Skills Training Package in which a small number of useful microskills have been described in practical terms. (LSR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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