Poor behaviour doesn’t always lead to poor gradesMarch 30th, 2011 - 6:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 30 (IANS) Contrary to popular belief, poor behaviour in the classroom does not always lead to poor grades.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, followed 350 students in seven at-risk schools over a five-year period.
They assessed both teacher perceptions of student behaviour and academic achievement as well as actual performance.
They found that teachers were more likely to report that well-behaved students did better academically and expected more of them - even when some of these students were struggling with school work, the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions reports.
At the same time, students who acted out in school were seen as having more academic difficulties, even though this was not always the case, according to a North Carolina statement.
“Children are not well served when teachers believe that teaching behaviour requires different skills than teaching academics. Or that teaching academics will magically improve behaviour,” said Bob Algozzine, who led the study at North Carolina.
Researchers concluded that it is important not to focus solely on improving academic or behaviour problems in at-risk students, but to emphasise teaching both behaviour and academic skills for these children.
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