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NCJ Number: 134654 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding and Preventing Behavioural Problems in School (From Crime at School: Seminar Proceedings, 1987, Canberra, Australia, P 13-24, 1987, Dennis Challinger, ed. -- See NCJ-134653)
Author(s): M Balson
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: There is a widespread public and professional perception that the behavior of children and young people has emerged as the most serious educational problem.
Abstract: The problem of discipline has been highlighted by the elimination of corporal punishment in schools. The strong reaction to this move by teachers and teach organizations reflects their concern that the growing number of defiant, noncooperative, and apathetic students will be unmanageable without the option of physical punishment. Lack of discipline is partially attributable to changed social values reflecting such democratic concepts as mutual respect, shared responsibility, self-discipline, social equality, and cooperation. In Australia, almost every school is concerned with the problem of student behavior. Attempts to deal with the problem have been generally ineffective because they are based on faulty assumptions about students and learning. Four deficiencies in current approaches to student behavioral problems are identified: (1) students are not consulted in the planning of disciplinary programs; (2) proposals to re-educate teachers and parents are based on mistaken views of student behavior; (3) the view that problem students are maladjusted, deviant, abnormal, culturally deprived, pathological, or emotionally disabled and the incorrect attribution of student abnormal behavior to social and home conditions; and (4) changes in schools such as curricula, assessment, organization, administration, instruction, and technology that ignore the student. Ways of helping difficult students focus on the elimination of fighting without giving in, the identification of behavior goals, discouragement as the basis for misbehavior, and the need to promote responsibility by allowing individuals to experience the consequences of their behavior. 4 references
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; School discipline
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Students
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