Behaviour – Why punishment can bring its own rewards

Filling the pail

Rudeness and belittlement will get you nowhere – but when used appropriately, punitive measures do have a place in the classroom

Those who believe that punishment is a key component of behaviour management will find a passage from a recent book by Professor John Hattie from the University of Melbourne and Dr Gregory Yates, a senior lecturer in education at the University of South Australia, very contentious. In fact, even those with a more liberal approach to punitive measures are likely to take issue with this particular message.

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