Study finds classroom discipline impacts academic performance

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Period20 Feb 2017

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  • TitleStudy finds classroom discipline impacts academic performance
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionBetter behaved students learn more and perform among the world’s best, researchers from Macquarie University in Sydney have found.

    The researchers analysed results from the international measurement of student achievements, the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment, concluding that classroom discipline could hold the key to improving academic performance.

    “This study suggests that education investment alone is not sufficient to boost educational performance as well as global competitiveness,’’ the research found.

    Researchers Chris Baumann and his Macquarie colleague Hana Krskova analysed PISA data to ascertain the impact of school discipline — students listening well in class, the noise level, teacher waiting time, class start times, and students working well — against the impact of increased education spending.

    “When we contrasted school discipline and education investment on the effect of performance, it was roughly 88 per cent in comparison to 12 per cent for education investment,’’ Dr Baumann said.

    “That’s not to say investment is not important; of course not. But it indicates the importance of school discipline. The way we actually run the school seems to have a massive effect on how the students perform.
    PersonsChris Baumann