Volume 33, Issue 3 (2004)
Current Perspectives on School-Based Behavioral Interventions: Introduction to the Mini-Series
K. Angeleque Akin-Little, Steven G. Little, Frank M. Gresham
Emotional and behavioral problems of students in the classroom have been rated as a major concern for teachers, administrators, and the public (Hardman & Smith, 2003; Macciomei, 1999). Without effective behavior management, a positive and productive classroom environment is impossible to achieve. The most effective model for producing behavior change and preventing the development of maladaptive behavior is the behavioral model(Wielkiewicz, 1995). In addition, behavioral approaches have been found to be very effective in developing effective instructional strategies.However, resistance to the use of behavioral procedures in the classroom has come from a variety of sources and some individuals have been particularly harsh in their criticism of the use of positive reinforcement (e.g., Kohn,1993). In spite of this, teachers continually request training in behavior and classroom management techniques (Maag, 1999, 2001).
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