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THE LP-PROJECT
LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR

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The LP-project

From January 2003 until December 2004, a project called the LP-project runs in 14 Norwegian schools. The project has a "bottom-up"-profile, taking 300 teachers in the project schools as its starting point. The teachers organize themselves in groups and focus regularly on important challenges and questions about how to understand and manage problem behaviour and improve the learning environment for all pupils.

Some of the areas focused on:

  • Relationship between pupil and teacher
  • Pupils’ roles and relationships between pupils
  • Norms and norm enforcement
  • Teacher’s ability to lead classes/groups and individuals
  • Content of the teaching and methods chosen, as well as differentiated teaching
  • Cooperation with parents
  • Motivation, mastery and demands
  • Use of various reward systems

 

A system-theoretical approach

The main objective of the LP-project is the development of a learning environment that provide all pupils with good conditions for both social and academic learning. The teachers develop their competence in surveying and analysing the learning environment in order to perceive the connection between academic results and problem behaviour. The project provides training for the whole school staff in use of a model for analytic understanding and managing learning and behaviour problems.

A main issue in the project is a contextual perspective, but it also takes into account the individual and the agent’s perspective. These perspectives give a wider understanding when it comes to developing good learning environment, as well as reducing and preventing problem behaviour.

 

A research-based development project

The LP-project is a collaboration between several institutions in Norway. The Norwegian Support System for Special Education, represented by Lillegården Resource Centre, is the major responsible institution in the project, and follow up ideas and cooperation in teacher teams within the project schools. Lillegården Resource Centre will make use of the outcome of the work and the results from the ongoing evaluation to develop a programme based on the results from the project period.

NOVA – Norwegian Social Research – a national research institute, is responsible for the evaluation of the project. The project is funded by the Norwegian Board of Education (from June 2004, Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education), an executive body under the Ministry of Education and Research, responsible for compulsory school and upper secondary education.

 

The LP-project will contribute to:

  • Less problem behaviour and an improved learning environment
  • Increased competence for the school staff in understanding and managing problem behaviour
  • Increased knowledge about problem behaviour and the learning environment
  • Greater awareness of one’s own practice
  • Clearly defined demands on and expectations to pupils’ competence
  • Increased competence in analysing and surveying
  • Increased competence in assessing one’s own practice
  • Mediate experiences and research results from the project to other schools

 

 

 

 

See Lillegården Resource Centre for more information about the centre.

Updated: 17.08.2004