Areas of Expertise
Good Behavior Game
The Good Behavior Game is a behavioral classroom management strategy that involves helping children learn how to work together to create a positive learning environment. It promotes each child’s positive behavior by rewarding student teams for complying with criteria set for appropriate behavior, such as working quietly, following directions, or being polite to each other. The team-based approach uses peer encouragement to help children follow rules and learn how to be good students. At the same time, it enables teachers to build strong academic skills and positive behaviors.
AIR evaluates the implementation and impact of the Good Behavior Game approach to managing classroom behaviors. Through a series of related studies, AIR has developed a strong evidence base around the impact of this approach.
A recent special issue in the Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence highlights findings from three decades of research on the Good Behavior Game and its impact on a variety of long term behavioral and mental health outcomes.
With funding from the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, AIR has partnered with Houston Independent School district, to examine the level of professional development needed for teachers to effectively implement the Good Behavior Game.
AIR’s Center for Integrating Education and Prevention Research (EdPrev) investigates ways to improve children’s success in school and related long-term behavioral, mental health, and social-functioning outcomes.