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Department of Educational Studies
Does disruptive classroom behaviour make adolescent Caribbean students more popular or less popular with their peers?
Bastick, Tony; Ezenne, Austin
Teaching Caribbean students: Research on social issues in the Caribbean and abroad
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Department of Educational Studies, UWI
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Considers the inter-group dynamics related to self-regulatory behaviour of adolescents in classroom. It investigates whether this 'problem' behaviour is being socially promoted by making the perpetrators more popular with their peers or whether it is being socially inhibited by making the perpetrators less popular with their peers. To answer these questions three sub-scales of Humphrey's Children's Perceived Self-Control Scale were administered to 18 classes of Jamaican adolescent students (N=17). In addition, same-sex popularity and opposite-sex popularity were assessed for each student using in-class sociometric nominations and ratings. Results showed that females had significantly higher self-regulatory control than males (p<0.005) and that those students, both male and female, who resisted aggression and stayed on task were more popular with the opposite sex (p<0.005). The utility of these results is that peer-popularity and sexual attractiveness are strong modifiers of adolescent behaviour that may be utilised to promote pro-social behaviours.....