A Comparative Study of Disruptive Behavior Between Schools in Norway and the United States
Head of Project: professor Liv Duesund
This project aims to bring forth knowledge that will enrich our understanding of problems and challenges related to disruptive behavior in schools. It also aims to strengthen the link between theory and practice in teacher education in Norway and USA.
Professor Liv Duesund and students from the Department of Special Needs Education, UiO Meeting With Teachers from the Project in the US. Foto: Shane Colvin
Final report of the research project:
This document contains an overview of the research project “A Comparative Study of Disruptive Behavior between Schools in Norway and the United States.” The project was a collaboration between Norwegian and American researchers. The project aimed to enhance our understanding of problems and challenges related to disruptive behavior in schools. The project included a qualitative and quantitative component. The qualitative component consisted of observational studies conducted by master’s students from the University of Oslo, aiming to identify categories of disruptive behavior in schools. The quantitative component consisted of a student-survey including the identified categories. The survey aimed to examine the prevalence of disruptive behaviors as well as how students and teachers react towards these kinds of behavior.
The results from the study indicate that the majority of students in both countries had been disturbed by disruptive behavior and that this occurred on nearly a daily basis. This could help to underline that the issue of disruptive behavior is one of the greatest challenges in schools today. In both countries, reactions from teachers only partially reduced disruptive behavior. There is a need for further research on how teachers cope with disruptive behavior.
"The Development of Morality" with Professor Elliot Turiel, UC Berkeley and Professor Liv Duesund, University of Oslo
Dr. Elliot Turiel is an American psychologist and Chancellor’s Professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches courses on human development and its relation to education.