Academic journal article Education

Student Perceptions regarding Vocational High School Teachers' Problem Solving Methods against Undesired Behaviors in Classroom Management

Academic journal article Education

Student Perceptions regarding Vocational High School Teachers' Problem Solving Methods against Undesired Behaviors in Classroom Management

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Education is defined as the process of forming desired behaviors in individuals. The basic elements of education and instruction that realize within complementary processes are the classroom, teacher and students. It facilitates to reach the goal and objective determined in education and instruction that teacher, student relationships progress positively and in a desired way as it provides an appropriate learning atmosphere.

The management approach dominant at school is composed of the interaction of a set of variables as the attitudes of teachers, students and school personnel, the socio-economical structure of the environment where the school is located, the properties of the physical setting, the qualities of policies and procedures.

Classroom management varies depending on a number of factors as personality traits of teachers, social, psychological, cultural and educational status of student, level of class, physical properties of school, organizational structure as well as the vocational knowledge and skill of the teachers. Therefore, there is no standard classroom management model that can be applied for all classes.

The effect of classroom management on education and instruction, which requires perceiving the classroom as a system is a generally accepted way of understanding in literature. Without an effective classroom management, it is hard to say that types of behavior that are wanted to gain by the students realize in classroom setting at a desired level (Terzi, 2009).

Classroom management is the first and basic step of educational administration. Classroom is a place where one is face to face with students and the quality of educational administration mostly depends on classroom management. Teacher's role is to provide order in classroom and hence keep the class ready and awake for educational functions (cited. Basar, Stevenson). In a study, it is found out that 19% of teachers' time is spent on classroom order (Acikgoz, 1992).

There are lots of approaches of classroom management. The teacher may use some of these approaches in accordance with place, time and conditions. Also, selection of models and usage may change according to the goals, sources and requirements.

Undesired Behaviors

Gaining or developing desired behaviors and changing or blowing out the undesired ones are the essential elements in ensuring a more effective classroom order that serves for the purpose of education and instruction. Any kind of behavior hindering educational efforts at school are named as undesired behavior.

There are four types of unsuitable behaviors in class. These are;

1. Behavior Disorder: Actions such as peevishness, inadaptability...etc. Students in this group mostly don't follow authority and may become aggressive time to time.

2. Adaptation Problems: It is having trouble in adapting to new and different situations. Children of families from different groups or living in bad conditions can be in this group.

3. Not being mature: It is not being able to adapt to social and cognitive innovations. The attention span of the children in this group is weak and their interest in school work is low.

4. Emotional disorder: It is the condition of not being able to give positive and acceptable reaction to effects. Students in this group are furious and nervous. They are distressed, aggressive or coward in unexpected situations (Cited. Basar, Weiner 1982).

Teacher may sometimes encounter inappropriate behaviors in class. Inappropriate behaviors are actions that do not comply with the acceptable social behavior norms. These may create physical or psychological damages on other students in class. In some cases, these behaviors may turn out to be inappropriate group behaviors that interrupt the instructional practices.

Desired Behaviors

One condition of showing the desired behavior permanent is to assess the behavior not the person. …

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