Effective Teacher Behaviors Evident in Successful Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Vance L. Austin, Ph.D., Ellis I. Barowsky, Micheline S. Malow, Diane W. Gómez

Manhattanville College -  Purchase, New York


Four highly qualified teachers and 21 students classified with emotional and behavior disorders (EBD) participated in an investigation of teacher effectiveness.  Data collection included: video of teaching behaviors, interviews with teachers, and student surveys.  The student survey identified characteristics of teacher effectiveness in general and of their teachers specifically. Results reinforced a framework of effective teaching behaviors:

  • personal resources
  • teacher performance
  • teacher effectiveness 

A significant correlation (p<.01, N=14) was found between desired teacher behaviors and behaviors students perceived in their own teachers.  Implications for inclusion of effective teaching behaviors in teacher preparation programs are discussed.

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