Climate concerns in basic communication courses often revolve around classroom management issues. Teachers may experience reality shock in the face of complex and challenging classroom situations. This essay offers new and experienced teachers a detailed review, interpretation, and critique of literature on student conduct that may contribute to the “harsh and rude reality of everyday classroom life.” After consideration of research on specific areas of problem student behavior (i.e., participation; hostility, opposition, and aggression; power and resistance; challenge behavior; cheating; and excuse making), attention shifts to the topics of prevention, recommendations, mutual influence, and confrontation. The essay concludes with two extensive suggestions about particularly fruitful future research possibilities that link undesirable student conduct to existing work on social allergens and motives.



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