Proactive management of child emotional and behaviourla difficulties

Child emotional and behavioural problems, including conduct problems, inattention, impulsivity, oppositionality, and hyperactivity are among the most prevalent of childhood problems.

Project Category:
Strengthening research brokering work
Topic Area:
Classroom Management
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning
Project Lead(s):
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Brief Background:
Child emotional and behavioural problems, including conduct problems, inattention, impulsivity, oppositionality, and hyperactivity are among the most prevalent of childhood problems. They also represent a major concern for today’s teachers and schools. Children with emotional and behavioural problems show lower educational achievement and earlier school dropout. They are also responsible for a high proportion of office discipline referrals. Such problems are troubling to teachers as well, who often feel that the initial and ongoing education that they received on strategies for managing difficult child behaviours is insufficient.
Research Context:
Research-based strategies that work to manage and remedy child emotional and behavioural problems have been in development at OISE. In particular, Dr. Joe Ducharme has been working over the past 15 years on the development of a home-based parent management treatment approach called Errorless Remediation (Ducharme 2007; 2008) and a companion program for use in the classroom called Errorless Classroom Management (Ducharme, 2008). These interventions have both been empirically supported; both lead to significant and substantial improvements in children’s disruptive and concerning behaviours. These strategies build on literature showing that proactive classroom-based interventions are effective in reducing classroom disruption, increasing student learning and on-task behaviour and improving student outcomes (Colvin, Kameenui, & Sugai, 1993; Schiff & BarGil, 2004; Stage & Quiroz, 1997).
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
Knowledge is mobilized in this project through: (1) products ; (2) events ; and (3) networks . In terms of products, the project involves the production of two multi-media (i.e., lecture slides, readings, video clips, small-group case studies and exercises) resources designed to be taught over 36 hours on strategies to manage and remedy child emotional and behavioural problems in the classroom with related information on talking to parents, cultural issues, and ensuring safe school communities. In terms of events, tests of the draft versions of the manuals produced will be implemented in three pre-service classrooms and two ongoing workshops within the TDSB. Other planned events include presentations at OISE and at a minimum of one international conference . Once manuals are completed, a variety of networks and partnerships will be leveraged for dissemination . Teachers, representatives from school boards, policy makers, early childhood educators, and others interested in improving classroom functioning will be used to spread information about the created resources.
Outcomes:
The resources developed and disseminated through this proposal will substantially enhance teacher knowledge on how to effectively manage and remediate problem behaviour within the school environment and, therefore, have the potential to substantially improve both teacher well-being and educational and social outcomes for children with emotional and behavioural disorders (EBD).