Temperament in the Classroom: Understanding Individual Differences

Author: Barbara K. Keogh Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 224 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557666017
Price: $28.95

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One of the few research-based resources to explore the effect of temperament on educational experience, this book shows readers how individual temperaments of students and teachers influence behavior and achievement. Filled with classroom examples described in everyday language, Temperament in the Classroom helps general and special educators, school psychologists, social workers, counselors, and administrators understand

  • the impact of temperament on children's behavior, interactions, and achievement
  • the effect of temperament on teachers'; perceptions, decisions, and attributions
  • the importance of "goodness of fit" between a child's temperament and school environment
  • temperament in students with learning disabilities, developmental delays, and ADHD
  • methods of assessing temperament, including interviews, observations, and rating scales or questionnaires

Perfect for professionals at the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels, this book will help readers become aware of their own temperament, recognize the differences in temperament among students, and use this knowledge to improve classroom interactions and outcomes.


Review by: William Carey, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; co-author of Coping with Children's Temperament: A Guide for Professionals and Understanding Your Child's Temperament
"This book is extremely valuable and urgently needed. It should be required reading for all teachers. Particularly timely is its emphasis on the common problem of a "poor fit" between the child's temperament and the expectations of the teacher."
Review: educator
"Well written . . . easy to read and assimilate."
Review by: John Bates, Indiana University
"Barbara Keogh has been for many years an important pioneer in work on the role of children's temperament in school. Now, in this engaging book, she offers many practical applications of temperament concepts for educators, and at the same time explains critical theoretical and measurement issues."
Review by: Michael Lewis, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
"A must read for anyone interested in educating our children. Scholarly and relevant, it breaks new ground in our understanding of why some children do so poorly in school."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword: Stella Chess, M.D., with Alexander Thomas, M.D.
  1. Temperament in the Classroom: An Overview
  2. What Is Temperament?
  3. Why Understanding Temperament Is Important
  4. What Is the Basis of Temperament?
  5. Does Temperament Influence Children's Achievement in School?
  6. Does Temperament Influence Teachers' Academic Decisions?
  7. Are Temperament and Behavior Problems Related?
  8. Temperament and Children with Disabilities
  9. How Is Temperament Assessed?
  10. How Can Temperament Knowledge Be Applied in School?
  • References
  • Recommended Readings
  • Appendix A: Longitudinal Studies of Temperament
  • Appendix B: Scales and Questionnaires for Assessing Temperament
  • Appendix C: Publications and Programs on Temperament for Teachers and Parents

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