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ERIC Number: ED141879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 16
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Classroom Management: Implications for Supervision.
Garza, Gonzalo
Classroom management may be the most fundamental and most difficult task the teacher performs. A search of the literature reveals at least five rather different definitions of classroom management that represent particular philosophical approaches: 1) the authoritarian approach, 2) the permissive approach, 3) the behavior modification approach, 4) the approach based on creating a positive social and emotional climate in the classroom, and 5) the approach that views the classroom as a social system in which group processes are of major importance. Each of the last three represents a different but defensible position concerning classroom management, and supervisors should encourage teachers to develop a pluralistic definition of classroom management. A sixth approach is the "bag of tricks" approach, which consists of a combination of common sense, old wives' tales, and folklore. Because this approach is not derived from a well-conceptualized base, it lacks consistency and tends to be reactive, instead of proactive. It is important that a teacher learn to identify his or her classroom management approach and be able to distinguish between instructional problems requiring instructional solutions and managerial problems requiring managerial solutions. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (32nd, Houston, Texas, March 19-23, 1977)