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When They Are ‘Good’

INTRODUCTION

We now move from the management of setting events within the classroom environment and focus upon the management of consequences which follow children’s behaviour.

A teacher who is operating a positive system of management is primarily concerned with children’s desirable behaviours: setting up the classroom situation so as to facilitate these from the children and providing consequences which confirm their responses as appropriate. It is therefore towards the consequences for desired or appropriate behaviour that we direct our attention first. In this chapter we begin by considering the essential ingredients of consequences which a teacher uses to strengthen behaviour: feedback and reinforcers. Then we outline ...

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