Poor Behavior in Students Does Not Always Mean Poor Grades

A new study conducted by the researchers at the University of North Carolina states that it is not necessary that the students with poor behavior at school always have poor academic performance. This surely breaks the popular belief which feels students with poor behavior do not excel at academics.

63680_classmates_-_snack_timeResearchers studied 350 students for a period of 5 years. The teachers’ perception of these students’ behavior and the academic achievements were assessed. Their actual performance was also examined. It was observed that teachers would more likely to have perception that well-behaved students will perform better academically. They expected more of these students. On the other hand, students with behavioral problems were perceived to have more difficulties academically. This might not always be the case.

The researchers feel that it is essential not to focus only on improving behavior problems or academics. Emphasis should be on teaching both academic skills as well as behavior. The study appears in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.

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