Saturday, 9 March 2013

The Concept Of Classroom Management

Managing of classrooms involves two major tasks (Doyle, 1986);

1. to facilitate learning among pupils
2. to establish order within the classroom so that learning can take place

Views On Classroom Management;

1. The classroom management skills are of primary importance in determining success in teaching. The skills are crucial and fundamental. A teacher who is grossly inadequate in classroom management skills is probably not going to accomplish much (Brophy & Evertson, 1976).

2. Classroom management includes all the things teachers must do to foster pupils involvement and co-operation in classroom activities, and to establish a productive working environment (Sanford, Emmer and Clements, 1983).

3. Classroom management can and should do more than elicit predictable obedience; it can and should be one vehicle for the enhancement of student self-understanding, and the internalization of self-control (McCaslin and Good, 1992).

4. Classroom management is one crucial dimension of classroom teaching, and the tasks of facilitating learning and establishing order go hand in hand. It can also be a channel for the transmission of knowledge but is more of a facilitator of learning (Goh Swee Chiew, 2005).

5. A teacher facilitates learning by ensuring that:

  • she has the requisite knowledge knowledge and skills to help her engage pupils in learning
  • the classroom environment is conducive for learning
  • she has acquired a repertoire of strategies (both instructional and managerial) to use when classroom conditions necessitate.
6. Three important realms of classroom management are delineated for teachers to focus on:
  • knowledge and skills
  • managing strategies
  • the psycho-social or classroom climate

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