Classroom management affects literacy development of students with emotional and behavioral disorders

Justin D. Garwood, Lynne Vernon-Feagans, The Family Life Project Key Investigators

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textcopyright 2016 The Author(s). Many children with behavior problems perform poorly academically and can disrupt regular classroom instruction. Although good classroom management strategies can benefit children with behavior problems, it is not clear whether these students need consistently good classroom management across the early elementary school years to improve their academic performance. The current study examined the quality of classroom management from kindergarten through third grade experienced by children who were rated as exhibiting symptoms of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) in the classroom to understand the cumulative effects in relationship to third-grade reading performance. Results indicated that higher-quality classroom management in the first 4 years of school was significantly related to higher scores on standardized measures of reading achievement in third grade for boys exhibiting EBD, but girls exhibiting EBD appeared unaffected by the quality of teachers' classroom management during this same time. Practitioner implications and future research needs are discussed.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)123-142
Number of pages20
JournalExceptional Children
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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