The impact of behavior management training on teacher and student bahavior
Grizzard, Vicki Leigh Perry
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The purpose of the study was to determine if teacher knowledge and skills on behavior management could be increased in third and fourth grade classrooms in a metropolitan area using Project PEGS!, a CD-rom training tool developed by Wood at the University of Georgia. A total of 18 teachers from two respective schools in low and high socioeconomic areas participated in the study. Socioeconomic status was determined by student participation in the free and reduced lunch program. Data were gathered via direct observation prior to and following participation in the intervention to record instances of intervention, quality rating scores, and the number of negative child responses to teacher behavior. The number of office and SST referrals issued prior to and following participation in the intervention were also reported. Student variables considered in the study included socioeconomic status, grade level, and sex. Significant differences were observed in mean scores for all participants when comparing pre to post observation data. Significant differences in post observation data were not observed when comparing the means of the identified sub groups.