Classroom management : developing your own approach to managing the classroom

Crosswell, Leanne (2009) Classroom management : developing your own approach to managing the classroom. In Millwater, Jan & Beutel, Denise A. (Eds.) Stepping out into the Real World of Education. Pearson Australia, French Forest, New South Wales, pp. 41-68.

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A recent Australian survey of beginning teachers indicates that issue of classroom management continues to be a key concern for early career educators (Australian Education Union, 2007). This finding is supported by the wider literature that identifies managing the classroom, particularly managing behaviour within the classroom, as critical issues for early career teachers (Arends, 2006; Charles, 2004; Groundwater-Smith, Ewing & Le Cornu, 2007). In fact, struggling to manage student behaviour and maintain positive relationships with students are among the top reasons for teachers leaving the teaching profession (Charles, 2004). So, how does a teacher effectively organise and manage up to thirty students learning and behaviour at any one time? The issue of classroom management is a persistent one for all teachers, but is particularly daunting for new teachers. Historically, classrooms were established on strong hierarchical structures that relied heavily on teacher control and authority. However, more recent approaches to managing the classroom are proactive and more collaborative. That is not to say that there exists a single management recipe, far from it. Beginning teachers must view possible approaches to managing the classroom in light of their own beliefs about teaching and learning, their current classroom practice and variables from the context in which they are teaching.

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ID Code: 27286
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: behaviour management, approaches, preventative and corrective strategies, relationships
ISBN: 9781442518636
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Pearson Australia
Deposited On: 08 Sep 2009 21:45
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2016 15:10

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