Book review: Understanding Behaviour 14+

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



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.

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