7. Engagement

Understanding classroom behaviour

Skills for engagement

Managing classroom episodes

Cycles of behaviour


The question of how to manage behaviour in a learning environment is one that all practitioners have to face. For beginning and student teachers this can be particularly daunting.

This chapter explores strategies for controlling the classroom in a productive and engaging manner, ultimately helping teachers cope with, manage and include all of their students.

For an exploration of practical ways in which teachers can increase their effectiveness and enhance the learning climate in their classrooms:

Hook, P. & Vass, A. (2002) Teaching with Influence. Routledge. New York.

Vizard presents a wealth of sound techniques to promote positive behaviour as well as how to respond to learners who are both troubled and troublesome in a college setting:

Vizard, D. (2012) How to Manage Behaviour in Further Education. London:  Sage Publications Ltd.

An article that explores the use of classroom discussion for extending critical thinking and content comprehension among students in secondary and postsecondary contexts:

Davis, H. S. (2013) 'Discussion as a Bridge: Strategies that Engage Adolescent and Adult Learning Styles in the Postsecondary Classroom', Journal Of The Scholarship Of Teaching And Learning, V13, I1, pp. 68-76, ERIC, EBSCOhost,

David Godfrey discusses how rewarding student can motivate A Level learners:

Godfrey, D. (2009) Motivation techniques for encouraging reading at A Level. In Lawson (Eds) (2009) Action Research: Making a difference in Education. V1. Slough: NFER.

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