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Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environment : 4th Edition - Margot Ford

Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environment

4th Edition

Paperback Published: 9th September 2013
ISBN: 9780170233224
Number Of Pages: 272

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Booktopia Comments

Charles Darwin University - Darwin
Curtin University - Bentley
La Trobe University - Bundoora
University of Newcastle - Callaghan
University of Newcastle - Ourimbah
University of Tasmania - Sandy Bay
University of Wollongong
Western Sydney University - Penrith

Product Description

Classroom Management 4E empowers you to develop an individual classroom management plan that suits your professional philosophy and teaching style. It introduces the Lyford model, a framework that illustrates the many elements of successful classroom management. Using the Lyford model as a scaffold, the authors:

  • Compare and contrast the main theories and models that currently inform practice in Australian classrooms;
  • Explore key practices for creating positive learning environments that will engage students and reduce the chance of disruptions; and
  • Discuss a range of intervention strategies to consider when faced with challenging student behaviours.

    As you work towards developing your own individual approach to classroom management, engaging stories from early-career teachers help you to apply the concepts to real-life situations. A new chapter on contemporary issues in classroom management keeps you up to date with a wide range of topics that impact upon today's learning environments.


  • The Lyford Model of Classroom Management provides a guiding framework throughout each chapter to help readers to identify key elements of classroom management planning and practice and the relationships between those elements.

  • Each chapter begins with a list of Learning Outcomes and a Chapter Overview to assist you to navigate through the book.

  • Every chapter features a Starter Story to focus your thinking and highlight the relevance of the topics that you are about to explore.

  • Pre-service and early career teachers share their experiences in ‘Stories from the field’ so that readers can see how concepts can be applied in real-life settings.

  • A chapter of extended ‘Stories from the Field’ (Chapter 8) contains case studies that demonstrate the many paths and innovative approaches to creating positive learning environments in classrooms and schools.

  • Each chapter closes with a list of key concepts and a number of individual and group study activities to help readers review and apply the material from the chapters.

  • Weblinks at the end of each chapter assist students to go further in their reading and research.

New to this Edition
  • A new chapter on contemporary issues and initiatives brings readers up to speed with a wide range of topics that impact upon the learning environment, from 'big picture' issues that impact the whole school community through to issues that may only impact the learning of one student. These include government initiatives, whole-school initiatives, student resilience, bullying, and very challenging behaviours.

  • Chapters 1 and 2 have been reorganised and restructured to emphasise the importance of a modelling and theorising about classroom management as a foundation for successful practices.

  • The companion website contains even more resources to help you get the most from your text, including new revision quizzes, additional theories and models of classroom management, and a new tool to help you develop your own classroom management plan.

About the Authors

Gordon Lyons

Dr Gordon Lyons is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at The University of Newcastle. He has been a classroom, support and executive teacher in primary, secondary and special schools, working substantially with students with intellectual disabilities and/or challenging behaviours. He has also worked for the NSW Office of the Public Guardian supporting adults with intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours. His ongoing research interests are the development of school-wide approaches to improving student welfare, and the education of people with profound multiple disabilities.

Margot Ford

Dr Margot Ford is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at The University of Newcastle. She has a background in both educational psychology and sociology of education and is interested in how classroom management straddles these disciplines. Her previous positions at Charles Darwin University and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in the Northern Territory bring a strong focus on the needs of learners from diverse backgrounds to her work.

June Slee

Dr June Slee was formerly a senior lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory and is now devoting her energies to full-time research and writing. At the tertiary level she taught pre-service teachers in the areas of behaviour and inclusive practices, while much of her earlier teaching career focussed on working with students with challenging needs. This experience, combined with her academic work, inform her approach to creating harmonious classrooms and schools.

1. Modelling classroom management
2. Classroom management theory
3. Relationships and communication
4. Curriculum, assessment and pedagogy
5. Classroom organisation
6. Professional reflexivity
7. Interventions
8. Stories from the field
9. Your theory into practice
10. Contemporary issues

ISBN: 9780170233224
ISBN-10: 0170233227
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 9th September 2013
Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.5  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Revised

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