Behaviour Management: A Practical Approach for Educators

9780029464595: Behaviour Management: A Practical Approach for Educators

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With a new co-author and updating of every chapter, the eighth edition of this comprehensive, popular text again combines a thorough grounding in research with realistic case studies and dozens of examples to demonstrate behavior management theory as it applies to both general and special education settings. Blending theory with “how to's,” the authors explain the field of behavior management from four perspectives—behavioral, psychodynamic, biophysical, and environmental—in straightforward, jargon-free prose that instantly engages future teachers in time-honored, research-supported techniques and strategies for encouraging desired behavior and discouraging undesired behavior. The goal? A practical guide to creating a peaceful, task-focused educational environment in which children can truly learn—and enjoy that learning.

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About the Author:

Thomas M. Shea is a retired professor from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has worked with several co-authors over the past 40 years including Anne Bauer, the late James E. Walker, the original co-author of Behavior Management and others. During his career in special education, Tom had specialized in the education of emotionally disturbed children and youth, behavior management, parenting in special education, and camping for children and youth with disabilities. He has published  over a hundred articles in various journals and authored and co-authored ten texts in special education. He has served as founder and director of two university campus schools for children with disabilities and chairperson of the Department of Special Education and Communications Disorders at SIUE. He is thankful for a wonderful career in the service of children and youth with disabilities.


Annie Bauer, Professor of special education at the University of Cincinnati, has worked with Tom Shea on several texts, including an introduction to special education and methods texts for teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities.  Dr. Bauer, formerly co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education, has published her research in the Journal of Special Education, Exceptionality, Teaching Exceptional Children, School Psychology Quarterly, and several other leading journals.  Her teaching in higher education has recently been recognized in her recognition as a Teaching Fellow of the Academy of Teaching and Learning at the University of Cincinnati.  As well as a teacher, faculty member, and researcher, Dr. Bauer is the parent of children with various learning needs.



From the Back Cover:


Behavior Management: A Practical Approach for Educators, 9th Edition

James E. Walker, Thomas M. Shea, and Anne M. Bauer



Since 1980, Behavior Management: A Practical Approach for Educators has provided educators, families, and paraprofessionals with a user-friendly, readable, practical guide for applying behavior management techniques that fosters a productive, task-oriented, educational environment for all students. Blending theory with practical “how to” strategies and multiple examples drawn from school, community, and family environments, the book illustrates the field of behavior management from four perspectives–behavioral, psychodynamic, biobehavioral, and environmental–in a straightforward, jargon-free writing style, presenting a wide range of interventions.


The ninth edition continues this tradition of excellence by including:

  • A new chapter on functional behavioral assessment (Chapter 4)
  • Current information relating to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) which clearly outlines teacher accountability
  • Information on the role context plays in behavior, and how parents and professionals can partner to foster positive behavior
  • More pedagogical tools such as chapter objectives and summaries, key terms, skill-building performance activities, and relevant websites in each chapter as well as chapter opening vignettes taken from the classroom that exemplify the concepts being discussed



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