ERIC Number: ED443911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Disruptive Students in the Classroom: A Review of the Literature.
Reed, Daisy F.; Kirkpatrick, Caroline
This literature review explores the issue of disruptive students in the classroom and offers suggestions and possible solutions to the problem. The review was divided into three major areas: (1) definitions and characteristics of disruptive students; (2) reasons why students misbehave; and (3) suggestions and solutions for solving the problem. The meaning of "disruptive student" in the literature is often a matter of perspective and interpretation. What may be viewed by one teacher as disruptive may be seen as normal for a group by another. There is no single explanation offered for the increase in disruptive behavior in the classroom, but the literature suggests that misbehavior, aggression, and violence are caused by factors in the home, society, and school. The literature presents solutions that can be divided into categories corresponding to national school district, school, and classroom perspectives. The national perspective included the use of court orders to protect teachers, improvement of communities around schools, implementation of after-school programs, decreasing access to firearms, and improved teacher training. The school district perspective centered on modifying curriculum, programs, and educational philosophy and developing comprehensive plans for dealing with school violence. Suggested approaches for schools and classrooms encompassed a range of strategies for major and minor behavior problems. An annotated bibliography of 41 sources is included. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables, and 41 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, Richmond, VA.