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Teachers' vews on student behaviours in the classroom: behaviour at school study - report overview

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This report has provided the results of a survey of teachers in South Australian primary and middle/secondary schools on the types of behaviours demonstrated by students in the previous week of their teaching.

We have reported data on school characteristics such as school size, level of school (primary, middle/secondary), school location and school ICSEA category. We also collected data on teacher characteristics such as gender, age, length of teaching experience and length of teaching at the current school. We identified three categories of unproductive behaviour:

• low-level disruptive behaviours
• disengaged behaviours
• aggressive/anti-social behaviours.
While teachers reported managing behaviours in all three categories, most of the student behaviours they encountered were either low-level disruptive or disengaged behaviours. Although there were incidents of aggressive/anti-social behaviours these were infrequent.

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