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Attitudes to Student Misbehaviour

Report on Attitudes to Student Misbehaviour.

            People of different walks of life have numbers of perspectives on students’ misbehavior. This paper focuses on the several views concerning causes and solutions of student unruliness. To have a more in depth assessment of this aspect, the interviewer talked to 6 people. To follow ethical standards, they are named as persons A, B, C, D, E, and F. Both A and B are parents. A is a 40-year-old mother of two while B is a 42-year-old father of three. C is a 30-year-old female and is working as a high school teacher. D and E are pre-service teachers and both of them are 25 years old. D is male whereas E is female. F is a 24-year-old female college student who majors in Management. The interviewees’ permissions were amicably asked. The purpose of the interview was also explained. They were then engaged in a conversation on how and why misconduct happens in schools. They were encouraged to openly talk about their experiences and know-how on the matter.

            The interviewees have a number of similar opinions. It is interesting to note that both of the parents attribute misbehaviour to teaching styles. They think that a student will not behave negatively if the teacher demonstrates strict expectations. Mr B recalled that during his high school years, he became more disobedient when his teacher did not seem to care. He also added that since the teacher is the authority in the classroom, he or she has a great impact on how things are managed. Following this line of thought, teachers can significantly alter students’ behaviours. For instance, A talked about her observations regarding her children. She mentioned that her sons and daughters seemed to be more behaved with stricter teachers. She thinks that the teacher should be very exacting in implementing standards. F shared the opinion of A and B. She recalls that from her experience, she tends to be more concerned of how she acts when learning with firm educators. She narrated that she was actually scared to do something negative under her stringent teachers’ scrutinizing eyes. However, she does not exactly agree that teachers should be quite stern inside the classroom. She felt that some of her teachers were too sensitive and took students’ disobedience too personally.

As for C, D, and E, they stated that the prime causes for misbehaving are factors from the students themselves. Being a teacher for 20 years, C thinks that most of her misbehaving students just wanted attention.  She opined that they want their classmates to notice them and regard them positively since they dare to go against the norms. Some also want to get the attention of the teacher since they do not get any at home. Hence, she thinks that it is important to talk to the parents of misbehaving children. She shared that many students who do not positively behave have family problems or are neglected by their parents. As a matter of fact, family dinners are positively related to adolescents’ general well-being (Szalavitz, 2912). As proven by researches, parents who spend quality time are rewarded with less depressive and delinquent children. Particularly in high school, teacher C understands that the stage of adolescence is quite sensitive to stress provoking situations. It is known that students face many kinds of stressors especially for adolescents since they go through school and pubertal transitions (Forrest, Evans, Riley, Crespo, & Louis, 2012). Hence, their misconducts may be caused by the adjustments that they have to go through brought about by a changing body as well as altering social roles. Many of them also want to establish their identity as compared to the usual crowd.  In relation to Erikson’s psychosocial theory, adolescents may experiment and explore their individuality by challenging authority. Furthermore, Teacher C stated that she has been collaborating with the guidance counsellor in dealing with the concerns of her students. Though it does not always yield positive results, she believes that utilizing guidance programs and counselling services is useful in improving behaviour.

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