Disruptive behaviour in our schools is a major concern of teachers and others involved in education. The emphasis of this book is that a preventative approach to the problem is a more valid response than the crisis-management approach which results in pupils being sent to special units. The book therefore stresses the importance of schools managing their own problem pupils and teachers analysing their own classroom management techniques and interpersonal skills. Rather than schools importing solutions the consistent theme is that they should, at every level, engage in an in-house, professional analysis of internal structures, administrative procedures, roles and relationships. To this end the book offers practical advice and guidance and gives positive and realistic support. The contributors, all experts in their respective fields, offer perspectives and insights into disruptive behaviour which will stimulate discussion and ideas in pre-service an in-service courses for teachers, advisors, administrators, and others involved in the education and care of children.
Evidence from other countries is included to widen the debate, and to share the constructive initiatives promoted in other European countries and in America.