Best evidence in brief: Interventions to improve student behavior

There is a new Best Evidence in Brief with again focus on interventions to improve student behavior:

The Campbell Collaboration has published a policy brief looking at six systematic reviews of school-based interventions with students who demonstrate at-risk behavior. It found that school intervention programs are marginally effective at ensuring that more students attend school, and at curtailing harmful student behaviors.

Students participating in 28 programs addressing chronic truancy improved their attendance by nearly five days per year, although in most of the programs student attendance was still below 90%. A review of 73 violence prevention programs found that students showed significantly lower levels of aggressive and disruptive behavior, including a 7% reduction in fighting on school grounds. Twelve studies of interventions aimed at improving classroom-wide behavior found that students in the programs showed less disruptive behavior than their peers. The 44 anti-bullying interventions studied in 16 countries showed average decreases of 20-23% in bullying and 17-20% in victimization. Evidence from 12 studies of sexual violence prevention programs found that students had increased awareness of sexual violence and approaches to conflict resolution, but there was no effect on levels of violent behavior or victimization.

Check also this Dutch review.

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