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A comparison of staff perceptions of behaviour in Scottish schools in 2009 and 2006

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    Rights statement: © Munn, P., Sharp, S., Lloyd, G., MacLeod, G., McCluskey, G. G., Brown, J., & Hamilton, L. (2011). A comparison of staff perceptions of behaviour in Scottish schools in 2009 and 2006. Research Papers in Education, 28(2), 135-154. 10.1080/02671522.2011.600459

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-154
JournalResearch Papers in Education
Issue number2
Early online date18 Jul 2011
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


Behaviour in schools is an enduring public policy concern not only within the UK, but internationally also. Current concern should come as no surprise as behaviour is intimately connected with policy priorities for schools, namely raising standards of attainment and promoting social cohesion. Clearly, standards are threatened where disruptive behaviour takes place and teacher time is spent on maintaining an orderly classroom rather than on the formal curriculum. This article reports findings from two major surveys of perceptions of behaviour commissioned by the Scottish Government. It locates the work in the Scottish policy context and describes the contextual framework used to guide the collection and analysis of data. It highlights a positive move in perceptions particularly amongst secondary school teachers and suggests why this may be so.

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  • behaviour perceptions, Scottish schools, comparisons

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