Classroom Management: What Does Research Tell Us?

Jun. 01, 2013

Source: European Educational Research Journal, Volume 12 Number 3, 2013, p. 389‑402.

The author reviews studies that focus on classroom management.

The aim of classroom management is twofold.
The first is to establish a quiet and calm environment in the classroom so that the pupils can take part in meaningful learning in a subject.
The second aim is that classroom management contributes to the pupils’ social and moral development.

This article shows that classroom management is now more about understanding the class as a social system.

The findings reveal that several factors and conditions influence classroom management: the self-understanding of teachers and their mindfulness, the multicultural classroom, behaviour management, lack of knowledge on classroom management, knowledge of physical and social context, rules, relations and commitment, person-centred versus teacher-centred classroom management, an ecological perspective on classroom management and classroom management in connection with motivation and learning.

The author states that classroom management is just as much about managing learning processes when an activity is taking place as it is about creating peace and quiet so pupils can get down to work.

Updated: Jan. 19, 2014