Factors contributing to preservice teachers' choice of strategies to manage problem behaviors Public Deposited

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  • Managing children with problem behaviors is a challenging task for new teachers. Preservice training offers one means of better preparing new teachers to meet this challenge. Before suggesting alterations in preservice training programs, it is necessary to understand how preservice teachers perceive and respond to problem behaviors. Of particular interest are the factors that lead preservice teachers to choose different strategies of managing problem behavior. This study used a model incorporating the perceptions and responses of teacher tolerance, attributions as to the causes of problem behavior, costs or adverse effects of problem behavior, and choice of a helping strategy and a restrictive strategy to manage the problem behavior. Subjects' responses to these factors were assessed after they read vignettes depicting an "acting out" or socially defiant child and a "withdrawn" or socially immature child. The sample consisted of 152 preservice teachers at three levels of their training program. A series of students' t-tests, a multivariate analysis of variance, and a series of multiple regression analyses were used to analyze the data. The results indicated that social defiance and social immaturity behaviors were attributed to causes that were internal, controllable, and unstable. A helping strategy was more likely to be chosen to manage both types of behavior. When compared to social immaturity behaviors, social defiance behaviors were seen as being less tolerable, more controllable by the child, more costly, and more likely to be managed by a restrictive strategy. The costs of problem behavior were the best predictors of the type of strategy chosen to manage the problem behavior. Preparing preservice teachers to manage these costs was the main implication for teacuer training programs. Limitations in the instruments and overall design were discussed along with suggestions for further research.
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