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ERIC Number: ED388644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 22
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Classroom Management Styles in Context: Two Case Studies.
Stensmo, Christer
Classroom management is defined as the organization of the classroom as a learning environment; the management of student discipline, order, and care; the grouping of students for different tasks and patterns of interaction; and the individualization of student learning. This paper reports on two Swedish case studies of contrasting classroom management styles of two grade 5 teachers, in terms of five management tasks: planning, control, motivation, grouping, and individualization. Mrs. A reflected a production oriented style, focusing on subject matter and "tight" management of classroom activities towards teacher defined goals. Mr. B exhibited a more relation oriented style, focusing on individual students, and a "soft" management of classroom activities according to expressed student needs and feelings. Data were collected though observation in the classroom, recorded interviews, and use of a Swedish version of the "Learning Environment Inventory." The case studies are compared by specific categories including philosophy of education and the five management tasks and discussed showing how each management style is best suited to particular situations and student needs. The study suggested that both, a production orientation (subject matter focus) and a relation orientation (student focus), can be fruitful concepts in research on classroom management. The paper concludes that the relations between teachers, students, and classroom situations vary, and no one management style is better than another. (Contains 12 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden