The impact of classroom management duties on the discipline of grade two learners
The aim of this study was to investigate current classroom management practices, disciplinary strategies and educator duties and demands, in the Sedibeng West District (D8) of the Gauteng Province, with the aim of recommending guidelines to assist educators to cope better with classroom management duties as well as maintaining discipline at the same time. The overall aims of the study were achieved through the following objectives: Reviewing existing literature to establish the nature of current classroom management duties. Investigating the influence of increased classroom duties on classroom management. Reviewing existing literature to establish the nature of current disciplinary measures. Investigating the influence of increased classroom duties on discipline. Making recommendations to assist educators to cope better with classroom management duties as well as maintaining discipline at the same time. The abovementioned aims were reached by completing a literature study and an empirical investigation. The study further investigated the perceptions of educators in the foundation phase (grade 2 educators and the respective Heads of Department) as well as principals regarding certain aspects of classroom management and discipline. This was investigated by means of structured questionnaires. Findings from the research indicated that refusal to obey requests and commands, noisiness, showing off, teasing, irritating or disturbing other learners, leaving their seats without permission, talking out of turn, calling out when the educator is speaking, making improper noises, not paying attention, storming out of the classroom, and knife attacks, are current types of behaviour that disturb lessons of educators (Landsberg et al., 2005:455). This makes it impossible for educators to teach properly. Learners who engage in such behaviour get no benefit from the teaching and learning situation. The attention of all the other learners is distracted and the atmosphere in the class is negatively affected. According to Landsberg et al., (2005:456) discipline is a huge part of classroom management and it is reactive in nature. Educators react to learner behaviour, which disrupts the good order of the classroom. Classroom management is proactive, it is preventative and self-control on the part of the learners is its goal. Further findings from the research indicated that educators struggle from teacher-burnout. It has also become apparent that educators are unsure of corrective disciplinary measures. Current disciplinary measures do not yield successful results. In fact, educators feel stressed and de-motivated. As a result of so many reasons for misbehaviour in classrooms, educators feel that they do not have the ability to manage the classroom. This study therefore provided recommendations to assist educators to cope better with classroom management duties in such a way that it will contribute to effective discipline in the foundation phase.
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