A mixed-methods evaluation of the longer-term implementation and utility of a teacher classroom management training programme in Irish primary schools

Leckey, Yvonne, Hyland, Lynda ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5813-6400, Hickey, Grainne, Lodge, Anne, Kelly, Paul, Bywater, Tracey, Comiskey, Catherine, Donnelly, Michael and McGilloway, Sinead (2016) A mixed-methods evaluation of the longer-term implementation and utility of a teacher classroom management training programme in Irish primary schools. Irish Educational Studies, 35 (1) . pp. 35-55. ISSN 0332-3315 [Article] (doi:10.1080/03323315.2016.1147974)

Abstract

Inappropriate, aggressive and disruptive behaviour in the classroom can be detrimental to child and teacher well-being. This study involved a longer-term evaluation of the Incredible Years Teacher [Classroom Management] programme (IYTP) undertaken mainly within disadvantaged schools in south-west Ireland. The IYTP is designed to strengthen teacher classroom management competencies. Eleven teachers, who had previously participated in a group-randomised control trial (RCT), took part in a 12-month post-baseline follow-up assessment. Psychometric and observational measures were administered to assess teachers when interacting with children (n = 217) in their classes. Qualitative data were collected from a sub-sample of teachers to explore their perceptions of programme impact and utility. The quantitative results showed some significant improvements in teachers’ classroom management, although few changes were recorded on teacher-child observation measures. Qualitative findings indicated continued implementation of proactive disciplining strategies and higher levels of teacher self-efficacy. These results suggest, albeit tentatively in view of the study limitations, that the IYTP can benefit teacher classroom management, as well as teacher well-being, particularly within disadvantaged schools where behavioural problems tend to be more prevalent. The IYTP could prove useful in improving teacher competencies and the classroom environment in the longer term, although a need for further research is indicated.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 35895
Depositing User: Lynda Hyland
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 08:50
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2022 16:12
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/35895

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