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Comprehensive Behavior Management

Comprehensive Behavior Management
Individualized, Classroom, and Schoolwide Approaches

Second Edition

April 2011 | 456 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


Supporting teachers in preventing classroom management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs

Comprehensive Behavior Management: Schoolwide, Classroom, and Individualized Approaches supports teachers in preventing management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs in classrooms. The text offers a comprehensive presentation of three levels of behavior management strategies: individual, classroom, and schoolwide, all three of which contribute to a positive learning environment. A social learning emphasis in which human behavior is viewed within an ecological framework is integrated throughout the text. Application of this information is supported by a range of pedagogical devices such as vignettes, examples, strategies, and activities to show teachers how to manage behavior effectively. The analysis and applications in this text cover both general education and special education strategies.

Part One: Introduction to Behavior Management
Chapter 1: Behavior Management Models
Chapter 2: The Foundations of Behavior Management
Part Two: Individualized Supports
Chapter 3: Pinpointing and Tracking a Behavior Problem
Chapter 4: Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Support Plans
Chapter 5: Increasing Desirable Behaviors
Chapter 6: Decreasing Undesirable Behaviors
Part Three: Classroom Supports
Chapter 7: Preliminary Considerations
Chapter 8: Instructional Variables
Part Four: SchoolWide Supports
Chapter 9: School Safety
Chapter 10: Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
Chapter 11: Evidence-Based Interventions and Programs
Chapter 12: Response to Intervention (RTI) and SWPBIS Models
About the Authors


Instructor Site



The instructor teaching site provides an integrated source for all instructor materials, including the following key components for each chapter:



The instructor teaching site provides an integrated source for all instructor materials, including the following key components for each chapter:



Chapter Outlines: Carefully crafted outlines follow the structure of each chapter, providing an essential reference and teaching tool.

Course Syllabi: Sample syllabi—for semester, quarter, and online classes—provide suggested models for instructors to use when creating the syllabi for their courses. 

PowerPoint® Slides: Chapter-specific slide presentations offer assistance with lecture and review preparation by highlighting essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

SAGE Journal Articles: A “Learning From SAGE Journal Articles” feature provides access to recent, relevant full-text articles from SAGE’s leading research journals. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides discussion questions to focus and guide student interpretation.


Test Bank (Word®): This Word test bank offers a diverse set of test questions and answers for each chapter of the book. Multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for every chapter help instructors assess students’ progress and understanding.


Web Resources: These links to relevant websites direct both instructors and students to additional resources for further research on important chapter topics.

Answers to Chapter Questions: These links provide the authors' answers to in-text study questions for each chapter.

“The chapters are easy to read, very understandable, and very comprehensive for the information my certification students need. I have students with a wide range of experience, ages, and abilities in my course and this book seems like it would benefit them all.”

Robert L. Michels
Santa Clara University

“I was impressed with the organization of the text and I enjoyed the vignettes and the vignettes revisited sections. I was also impressed that a chapter on school safety was included. This is a current challenge and it needs to be addressed.”

Su-Je Cho
Fordham University Graduate School of Education

The text covers most of the recent trends and strategies in behavioral interventions and contains evidence-based information and strategies. Also, the topics are organized in a question form which the students would prefer.”

Judith E. Terpstra
Southern Connecticut State University

Content is more appropriate for graduate level cohorts in our program. Text is concise yet complete. Book could be useful to students after graduation as well. great research base.

Dr Ellen Lilly
School Of Education, Saint Xavier University
May 19, 2014

This text has all the necessary information to complement my curriculum

Dr Denise Raffigan
Education Division, Carthage College
July 26, 2012

Lay out of text is readily accessible for students; Support materials and content are an excellent match to the goals of our curriculum.

Dr Brian Husby
College Of Education, Aurora University
May 17, 2011
Key features

New to this Edition:

  • A new co-author, Mark O'Reilly from the University of Texas at Austin, contributes specific expertise in individualized behavior management approaches, including functional behavior assessments and behavior support plans, and in applied behavior analysis.
  • The text has been updated to reflect the shift in behavior management support from one of an individual issue to one of a comprehensive approach with individual, classroom and schoolwide supports.
  • The sequence of the chapters is reorganized to reflect how the material is most frequently taught in college classes in order to ease syllabi planning for instructors.
  • All chapters are updated with current research, corresponding citations, additional tables and figures, and rewritten pedagogical features.
  • Chapter 11 (formerly Chapter 5) has been rewritten to focus on what makes a program evidence-based.
  • Chapter 12 has been added and provides coverage of the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach and how to integrate multi-tiered intervention models with the schoolwide positive behavior intervention and support (SWPBIS) model.

Features and Benefits:

  • Takes a unique and integrated look at all the levels of behavior management in schools including schoolwide analysis that is often overlooked in texts. School violence, support programs, and other important issues that affect the overall nature of the school are covered.
  • Classroom organizational systems highlight preventing classroom problems and planning for effective instruction in a straightforward style with many application features, allowing for a positive learning environment.
  • Individualized organizational systems provide strategies for pinpointing and tracking behaviors, conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and controlling individual behaviors.
  • Pedagogical features–such as tables, figures, and discussion questions, aid your students' understanding of key concepts.

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