Behaviour Management

Supporting students battling against education

Classroom behaviour management theories have traditionally offered singular or oversimplified suggestions that are often based on assumptions about class or ability and that do not take into account the complexities of teacher-student relationships, culture or gender differences. In Merv Lebor’s new book Classroom Management in the Post- School Sector, he challenges conventional practice and presents solutions for dealing with challenging behaviours in an effective way that is based on Humanist principles.
Teacher talking to student

I have been working as a teacher educator at Leeds City College for the last 10 years, observing sessions in schools and in the post-school sector. I have, unfortunately, seen many examples of difficult and challenging behaviour in so many different training and educational contexts that I felt I wanted to write an accessible and pragmatic book, questioning the theory (in other words what experts say) and practice of behaviour management in classrooms. It is a book that listens to the voices of teachers, managers, theorists, trainees, teacher educators and students talking about what I call the ‘Battle Against Being Educated’. The meaning of this phrase is that students are being offered a gift of education, career prospects and personal development, and a considerable minority, particularly at lower levels of attainment are rejecting this gift. 

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