Optimistic Teaching: Improving the Capacity for Teachers to Reduce Young Children’s Challenging Behavior Elizabeth A. Steed • V. Mark Durand
School Mental Health DOI 10.1007/s12310-012-9084-y
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
"This pilot study compared the differential
impact of two professional development interventions to improve preschool teachers’ use of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) and decrease young children’s social emotional difﬁculties.
Results of the pilot study suggest that the Optimistic Teaching intervention was more effective than traditional PBIS coaching alone in improving speciﬁc PBIS skills related to teaching social skills and involving families.
Addressing teachers’ self-efﬁcacy explicitly as part of coaching efforts to reduce children’s challenging behavior may prove to be a key ingredient in reaching teachers who are unlikely to adopt a new intervention such as PBIS.
Novice teachers have been found to rely most heavily on verbal persuasion and input from others (e.g., a supervisor or coach) to inform their perceptions of their own teaching and whether or not they are capable of performing a new task. Experienced teachers are more likely to be informed by their own mastery experiences than contextual variables, given their more lengthy teaching history (Tschannen-Moran & Hoy, 2007).
I'd like to read more about who does and does not adopt new interventions and how to impact that issue.
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