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ERIC Number: ED419627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 32
Abstractor: N/A
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How Are the Classroom Behaviors of Students with Chronic Behavior Problems Related to Their Perceptions of Teacher "Coolness?"
Sackett, Jesse; Chun, Ho
A study sought to determine whether there is any relationship between a child's classroom behavior and his or her perceptions of the teacher as being "cool" or "uncool." Observations were conducted of five middle school students exhibiting chronic behavior problems. Students were surveyed as to which teachers they regarded as "cool" and "uncool" and why; observations of each child with his or her "cool" and "uncool" teachers were conducted. Teachers were also surveyed as to classroom behavior. Findings indicated that in four out of five cases, students showed marked behavior improvement when they were with a "cool" teacher. In one of five cases there was no observable difference in behavior. No cases showed improvement in behavior with an "uncool" teacher. It was found that in order to be perceived as "cool" by a student, and thus experience fewer behavior problems, it was important for teachers to develop a positive, close relationship with students, and to show the students that they were cared about. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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