Foreword by: Sandee McClowry
Publication Date: April 8, 2016
Compared to their more sociable counterparts, shy children are at greater risk for a variety of difficulties in elementary school, including internalizing problems, difficulties with peer relationships, and poorer academic performance. Written by a developmental and an educational psychologist with decades of experience between them, this book demystifies the latest research on shyness. It offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to everything teachers should know about shy children. Topics covered include how shyness develops in childhood, the unique challenges faced by shy children at school, and general strategies and specific techniques for improving shy children’s social, emotional, and academic functioning at school. Despite an increase in research on shyness, shy children are still not well understood by teachers and other school personnel. Quiet at School offers research-based practices for creating safe and inclusive learning environments that will help shy students thrive.
Robert J. Coplan is director of the Pickering Centre for the Study of Human Development and professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University, Ontario. Kathleen Moritz Rudasill is associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
"Through a blending of research, theory, and scenarios, this book provides education professionals with a new forum where they can reflect on and consider how they can better support diverse learners, especially the shy child."
—Teachers College Record
“Rob Coplan and Kathy Rudasill are unique leaders in the temperament field. For more than 2 decades, their research has influenced practitioners and researchers alike. Now you and I can benefit from the evidence-based teacher practices they offer throughout this book. Actually, the ones who will benefit the most are the shy children who sit quietly in your classroom.”
—From the Foreword by Sandee McClowry, developer, INSIGHTS into Children’s Temperament, NYU Steinhardt
"This is really a wonderful volume for educators. Perhaps no children in elementary school classrooms are as misunderstood as the ones we call "shy." In this book, Rob Coplan and Kathy Rudasill do a great service to the field by aggregating contemporary knowledge from child development and educational science and then linking that knowledge to circumstances and practices in elementary classrooms. The result is a contemporary rendering of well-informed best practices not only for responding to children we label as shy, but information that can be applied to all children. This is recommended reading for all elementary educators."
—Robert C. Pianta, dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia