The Open UniversitySkip to content

Book review: Understanding Behaviour 14+

Butcher, John (2014). Book review: Understanding Behaviour 14+. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 16(2) pp. 70–73.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link:
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This book sets itself a considerable challenge. It seeks to address both school and lifelong learning sectors, both experienced and new teachers, and to blend both practice and theory. In thus seeking to be almost everything to almost everybody, Understanding behaviour 14+ runs the risk of alienating potential readers by spreading itself too thinly. The reader is offered a choice, to engage with one-off chapters or the text as a whole – but this tentativeness suggests the authors lack confidence in the coherence of their argument. In the end, there is just enough to sustain a reader interested in a compendium of new and not-so-new ideas about managing behaviour in post 14 classrooms, but too often the shift in tone, between a teach yourself guide and a policy/practice commentary, acts as a barrier.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISSN: 2045-2713
Extra Information: Understanding Behaviour 14+
Edited by Duckworth, V, Flanagan, K, McCormack, K & Tummons, J,
2012, Press/McGraw Hill Education, Maidenhead. 144pp
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Item ID: 42669
Depositing User: John Butcher
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 15:38
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:30
Share this page:


Altmetrics from Altmetric

Citations from Dimensions

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU