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  1. Introduction.
  2. The field of behaviour management.
    1. Key theories of behaviour management.
    2. Best-known models is the Behavioural Approach to Teaching Primary-Aged Children.
    3. Educators' attempt to refocus from the organisational level of behaviour management to the learner.
  3. Important factor in creating and maintaining a productive and well-managed classroom.
    1. Establishing classroom routines.
    2. Identifying rewards and sanctions.
  4. Anti-social, disruptive, or aggressive behaviour.
  5. Conclusion.
  6. Bibliography.

The aim of this essay is to create a body of knowledge for follow-on research in the field of behaviour management in primary classrooms. For this purpose, information was gathered through observations, as well as through the study and analysis of materials presented in books, research journals and professional publications, so as to determine how teachers and schools establish and maintain a high standard of behaviour in order to promote effective learning. On initial consideration, the question posed here seemed to bracket a few main points of the subject, but that impression appeared to be inequitable, especially when it came to making judgments concerning different theories and approaches to the matter.

[...] For example, Riverside Primary School uses the Whole School Awards System, where the children collect stickers in their own workbook over a half term period. At the end of the term the children, who have enough stickers in their books are invited to join the whole key stage such as a visit by a magician or a school trip. Wragg suggests (1993: 12) that system of rewards helps to create environment, where "teachers are less likely to issue commands, use reprimands or punishment . [...]

[...] (1985) Positive Behaviour Management, Beckenham, Croom Helm Docking, J. (1998) Managing Behaviour in the Primary School, Second edition, London: David Fulton Publishers Kohn, A. (1995) Punished by Rewards(Online). Available from: (Accessed 3 November 2002) Lawrence, D (1988) Enhancing Self-Esteem in the Classroom, London, Paul Chapman Maslow, A. (1970) The Farther Reaches of Human Nature, London, Viking Press McNamara, S., Moreton, G. (1996) Changing Behaviour: Teaching Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties in Primary and Secondary Classrooms, London, David Fulton Mosley, J. (1996) Quality Circle Time in the [...]

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