Identifying and addressing productive and unproductive
student behaviours in South Australian schools
The Behaviour at School Study is an ARC funded project (Punish them or engage them? Identifying and addressing productive and unproductive student behaviours in South Australian schools - ARC Linkage Grant 2011-2015) which explores the existing state of student behaviour and its management in South Australian schools. Furthermore, it investigates how schools develop and enact policies to support an integrated approach to behaviour, learning and teaching. The study provides a platform for the design of policies and practices that focus on the development of environments where students are productively engaged in their learning.
The Behaviour at School Study is in its final stages and there have already been a number of significant local, national and international outcomes.
Two reports are available which show the findings of the initial stages of the project. A number of conference papers have been presented. Most recently the Behaviour at School Study team convened a National Summit on Behaviour in Australian Schools. The Summit brought together leading academics, practitioners and experts including the National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, to raise the profile of children and their rights as students in schools. The Summit generated a great deal of public interest and has been salient in generating national and international dialogue about behaviour in schools.
The findings of the second stage of the BaSS project have resulted in the development of a Framework for developing and enacting humane behaviour policies and practices in schools.