Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why goody two-shoes isn't always top of the class

Better-behaved children don't always get better marks at school and naughtier ones don't always do worse. A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina studied 350 children in seven schools over a five-year period. They looked at teachers' assessments of children's behaviour and achievements and at the actual level of pupils' work. They found that teachers were more likely to report that well-behaved students did better academically and expected more of them - even when some of these students were struggling with school-work. At the same time, students who were naughty in school were seen as having more academic difficulties, even though this was not always the case.

1 comment:

MJ said...

Perhaps academic excellence has more to do with the will to succeed rather than environmental influences.