A comparison of behaviour support provisions provided by small rural schools and large urban schools

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Fields, Barry. 2008. "A comparison of behaviour support provisions provided by small rural schools and large urban schools." Boylan, Colin (ed.) 24th Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia Conference (SPERA 2008): The Face of Learning – Generation M: The Mobile Generation. Melbourne, Australia 27 - 29 Aug 2008 Osborne Park, Western Australia .
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A comparison of behaviour support provisions provided by small rural schools and large urban schools

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AuthorFields, Barry
EditorsBoylan, Colin
Journal or Proceedings Title24th Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia Conference (SPERA 2008)
Number of Pages6
Year2008
Place of PublicationOsborne Park, Western Australia
ISBN0977549321
Conference/Event24th Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia Conference (SPERA 2008): The Face of Learning – Generation M: The Mobile Generation
Society for the provision of education in rural Australia conference
Event Details
24th Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia Conference (SPERA 2008): The Face of Learning – Generation M: The Mobile Generation
Event Date
27 to end of 29 Aug 2008
Event Location
Melbourne, Australia
Event Details
Society for the provision of education in rural Australia conference
SPERA conference
Abstract

The provision of resources and services to schools to support teachers and students has been an issue for small rural schools for some time. While most attention has focussed on learning support, behaviour support is now seen as of equal importance. How schools support students with behaviour difficulties is central to Education Queensland's recently revised approach to behaviour management in state schools. The mechanism by which support is provided by schools is the Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students. Through this plan schools are required to identify the type and range of supports, programs and services to students requiring targeted (10-15% of school enrolment) and intensive behaviour support (2-5% of the school enrolment). These supports are expected to include access to a variety of government and community services.
This paper explores the challenges facing small rural schools in providing necessary bahaviour support for students who exhibit serious forms of challenging behaviour. Comparisons are made between the supports provided by 10 small rural primary schools and 10 large urban primary schools for students with difficult and challenging behaviour. Differences in the type, number and variety of supports are highlighted, along with a discussion of what these differences mean for the offering of a quality education experience by small rural schools.

KeywordsResponsible Behaviour Plan for Students; behaviour management; country schools
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390404. Educational counselling
390304. Primary education
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