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ERIC Number: ED429709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 34
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Behaviour Problems in the Early Years: Terminology Used and Its Implication for Intervention.
Papatheodorou, Theodora
Nursery teachers in Greece were surveyed to determine their definition of behavior problems and their relevance to management techniques employed. A questionnaire was developed and distributed to 225 nursery teachers; 154 teachers returned the questionnaire for 280 children perceived to be exhibiting behavior problems. The findings showed that nursery teachers define behavior problems in terms of both children's holistic development and the aims and goals of the educational setting. With regard to management techniques, nursery teachers tend to use a wide range of techniques of different theoretical orientation across all behavior problems, but they also deliver punishment. The disturbing effect of behavior problems and the ease of use of management techniques were revealed as the two primary factors that primarily guide teachers' decisions for the use of management techniques. The contribution of the effectiveness of management approaches in such decisions was not clearly supported in this study. The findings indicated that although nursery teachers define behavior problems in light of both children's holistic development and the aims and goals of education, when it comes to management techniques, classroom processes and pragmatics seem to be more influential factors for their use. The implication of these findings with regard to teachers' initial and in-service training are discussed. (Contains 101 references.) (Author/AMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Greece