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ERIC Number: EJ833920
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Working with Disruptive Students
Harrell, Ivan L., II; Hollins, Thomas N., Jr.
Inquiry, v14 n1 p69-75 Spr 2009
The recent tragedies at Virginia Tech, Louisiana Technical College, and Northern Illinois University have sparked national dialogue regarding how the higher-education community may increase safety on campus while preserving the integrity of the learning environment. Much of the dialogue has focused on institutions addressing student mental-health issues, developing emergency plans, and using technology in the event that such threats present themselves on another campus. While all of this discussion is useful in addressing major disruptions on campuses, it is important to remember that many of these major disruptions begin with minor acts or even questionable disruptive behaviors that can be prevented early by faculty and staff. In this article, the authors discuss what educators can do to address disruptive student behavior in a way that not only will preserve the learning environment at institutions but also may assist students in their growth and development. Specifically, they focus on addressing disruptive behavior inside the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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