ERIC Number: EJ1108072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Strategies Used in Lesotho Schools to Maintain Discipline: Results from an Exploratory Study
Jacobs, L.; de Wet, N. C.; Ferreira, A. E.
Africa Education Review, v10 n2 p323-346 2013
In order to expand the knowledge base on learner misbehaviour and disciplinary strategies in Lesotho, the present study reports on findings from an inquiry on how school levels, school control and school size relate to disciplinary strategies. A cross-sectional survey design was used to collect data from Lesotho teachers. The data were analysed by means of frequencies and the one-way ANOVA test. The frequency tables illustrate that there are some differences in the popularity of 22 disciplinary strategies among the different school levels, types of school control and school sizes concerning the teachers who took part in the study. A comparison of the popularity of the overarching categories (traditional and progressive disciplinary strategies) shows firstly, that primary school respondents use a statistically significantly larger number of progressive strategies than respondents from combined and secondary schools and secondly, that participants from schools with 250-499 learners use statistically significantly more traditional and progressive strategies than their colleagues from smaller and larger schools. The results from the statistical analysis lastly reveal that school control type does not have a statistically significant influence on the preference of both traditional and progressive disciplinary strategies. Although this study was guided by the critical rationalist paradigm, the results are discussed within Lesotho's socio-educational context.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Behavior Problems, Case Studies, School Size, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Questionnaires, Punishment, Correlation, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Lesotho
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