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Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Three-Dimensional Model for Understanding Student Disruptive Behavior: Part Three, The Interpersonal Approach


A Three-Dimensional Model for Understanding Student Disruptive Behavior: Part Three, The Interpersonal Approach*

The interpersonal approach, the third dimension to understanding student disruptive behavior suggests that many youngsters naturally acquire anti-social and irresponsible behavior through rewarded peer socialization. Many of these youngsters do not have positive role models in their daily life to imitate. Therefore, the interpersonal approach advocates that these students be directly taught pro-social skills such as simple and respectful listening. We will discuss how to teach these pro-social skills in future posts.

On the next post we will present a summary of the three-dimensional model for understanding student disruptive classroom behavior.


*Adapted from Solomon, R. & Solomon E. (2008). Increasing Student Responsibility and Self-Discipline Within Learning Communities: The Participant’s Guide. Tucson, AZ: Fourth R Consulting.

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