1st Edition

The Behavioural Learning Classroom Making Schools More Effective and Compassionate

By Graham Mallard Copyright 2023
    178 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Teachers are virtually never taught how learners make decisions about studying, concentration and participation, and are not able to find this in educational literature. The Behavioural Learning Classroom breaks new ground, allowing teachers to harness their students’ traits and quirks to produce a more effective and compassionate classroom.

    • Important lessons from behavioural science
    • Optimising lesson design
    • Effective (home)work
    • Marking and feedback
    • Rewards and sanctions
    • The physical environment of the classroom
    • Pupil behaviour
    • Designing behavioural experiments and analysing data

    Supported by fundamental findings in behavioural science, this book provides practical, accessible, tried and tested techniques to improve the mental wellbeing of pupils and teachers alike. It is an enjoyable and accessible read for any teacher or school leader who wants to enhance their pupils’ experience of learning.

    1. Introduction;  2. The Science: its Purpose, Strengths and Limitations;  3. Lesson Design;  4. Effective (Home)Work;  5. Marking and Feedback;  6. Rewards and Sanctions;  7. The Physical Environment;  8. Our Two Selves;  9. Vicious Cycles;  10. Nudges;  11. Wider Issues;  12. Themes;  13. The Teacher-Researcher’s Behavioural Science Toolkit


    Graham Mallard is Assistant Head (Academic) at Clifton College, UK. He has a PhD in economic decision-making from the University of Bath, UK, which he combines with over 16 years of teaching experience. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the University of Bath 'Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award'. This is his sixth published book.

    'A sense of wonder permeates every page in this book. It nudges, explains, explores why things happen in classes, and presents stories about the psychology of thinking. Mallard has an engaging style based on so many fascinating research studies and I had so many "Aha!" moments.'

    Professor John Hattie, Emeritus Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

    'Readers will benefit from this example of how an experienced practitioner is able to combine a wealth of classroom experience with a depth of understanding from their study of economics. An engaging, entertaining and well-informed book on pedagogy that merits a place on every educationalist’s bookshelves.'

    Vivienne Baumfield, Professor of Professional Learning, University of Exeter

    'A perfect balance between insightful behavioural theory and practical strategies for the classroom, Mallard's accessible style will prove welcome for any open-minded teacher looking to make their learning environment just that little bit special. A step on the road to the truly inspirational classroom we always seek!'

    Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster, Charterhouse School