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DBS - Disruptive Behavior in Schools

Disruptive Behavior in Schools (DBS) is a research group established at the Department of Special Needs Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, (UiO) in cooperation with University of California, Berkeley (UCB) USA.

Professor Liv Duesund along with her students from the University of Oslo, meeting with teachers at Rosa Park Primary School in Berkeley. Photo: Shane Colvin

About the group

Disruptive behavior in schools is a comparative study of primary and junior high schools in Berkeley, USA and Oslo, Norway. Researchers and students from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Oslo are participating in the project.

The main goal of the group is to examine the following:

  • Study situations that cause disruptive behaviors in the classroom, for example the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT), teacher and pupil interaction, pupil to pupil interaction or the subject taught.
  • How these situations vary in the two national contexts.
  • How teachers use different strategies to deal with disruptive behavior in the two national contexts.


University of California, Berkeley. Photo: Shane Colvin

The research group is a cooperation between Department of Special Needs Education, UiO, School of Education, UCB and Department of Sociology, UCB.



Pilot studies conducted in 2010 and 2011 involving BA and MA students from SPED4300.

Academic programmes and courses

Master course SPED4300, UiO

Sociology 122, UCB

Article from UCB: For the love of wisdom, philosophy majors grow in number at UC Berkeley

Book discussion: All Things Shining

Place: Litteraturhuset

Time: Wednesday, May 25 4:00pm-7:00pm

The authors of the best-selling book All Things Shining- philosophers Hubert Dreyfus (UC Berkeley) and Sean Dorrance Kelly (Harvard) will be present to discuss the book with Professors Liv Duesund and Finn Skårderud.
See poster

Here can you listen to the podcast of the event!



Student involvement

10 Master students, UiO

50 Bachelor students, UiO

2 ph.d-students, UCB

Student exchange between UCB and UiO




Tags: Disruptive Behavior in Schools
Published May 4, 2011 01:40 PM - Last modified May 22, 2014 07:39 AM