Behavior Management: Systems, Classrooms, and Individuals

Jennifer D. Walker, Colleen Barry
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Jennifer D. Walker, Colleen Barry

Details: 381 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-224-4

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Children and teens are simultaneously complex and predictable. Behavior theory and research can provide ways of predicting behaviors and designing classroom structures that benefit all students. Behavior Management: Systems, Classrooms, and Individuals is a highly readable, student-friendly textbook that meets the needs of both undergraduate and graduate teaching programs. By covering theory, systems, classrooms, and individuals, the authors have created a pragmatic resource that can be used by a range of individuals seeking reliable, evidence-based techniques integrating behavior management into effective classrooms, including both upcoming and established educators.

This text uses a funnel approach to guide readers from the “big picture” down to the individual student. Part I begins by introducing the foundations of classroom management with a discussion of prominent theorists, legislation, common disabilities, and the basics of behavior. Part II provides discussion on classroom management communities, including systems of support and structure in schools and classrooms. Part III focuses on the individual to give both current and future teachers tools for building and nurturing relationships with students and understanding and responding to student behavior. The final chapter offers tools for self-reflection and managing stress and burnout.

Key Features

  • Real-world cases and classroom examples to integrate content with practice
  • Chapters begin with learning objectives and key terms and end with summaries for comprehension
  • Bolded terms along with a comprehensive glossary to improve retention of material
  • “Make a Connection” boxes to synthesize content across chapters
  • Content connections to high-leverage practices in call-out boxes
  • Examples, figures, and templates to clarify and expand on key concepts
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with case studies and instructor resources, including PowerPoint slides, test banks, and sample activities


“The content builds on theory and pulling it together for practice. The authors do a good job of explaining in lay terms difficult concepts and implications for educational practice. The guided reflections introduce the pre-service teacher to the concept of guided reflection or the process of self-inquiry. This allows for greater insight, self-development, and goal setting opportunities for improving their practice.”
—Denise A. Soares, PhD (The University of Mississippi)

“Chapters are written clearly and contain accurate and important information. I really like how learning objectives are framed in relation to making SMART goals. This a very understandable and clear way to explain this concept for pre-service teachers. Overall, the section on reinforcement was very informative, engaging, easy to read/understand, and included helpful and practical information.  The connections made to High Leverage Practice Alerts throughout the text are awesome!”
—Erika Pinter, PhD (Northern Illinois University)

“Overall, the book is very well written with many realistic examples and scenarios included throughout.  I think it’s important to include a piece about teacher burnout and liked how this was incorporated at the end.  I enjoyed reading the sections on special education, teacher reflection, and PBIS supports.”
—Cheryl K. Cunningham, PhD (Fort Hays State University)

"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, [...] Behavior Management: Systems, Classrooms, and Individuals is especially and unreservedly recommended for classroom teacher, school administrators, and education advocates personal reading lists, as well as a core addition to school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections." 
Library Bookwatch (March 2021)