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Classroom Behavior

  1. Kathryn R. Wentzel

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0181

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Wentzel, K. R. 2010. Classroom Behavior. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Maryland, College Park

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Classroom behavior has been studied most often as a form of social competency that contributes to a student's overall adjustment to school. Typically, classroom behavior is defined with respect to negative or maladaptive behavioral styles (e.g., aggressive, inattentive, or disruptive behavior) or to prosocial and socially responsible competencies such as cooperative and prosocial interactions and self-regulated behavior. These behavioral styles are manifest in the degree to which students adhere to social rules and expectations reflecting cooperation, respect for others, and positive forms of group participation that govern social interactions with teachers and peers in the classroom.


  • prosocial behavior;
  • irresponsible behavior;
  • achievement