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School learner behavioural management: context and practices in a South African school setting

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 25, issue 2, 2015 , pages: 139–142
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2015.1021530
Author(s): Letlhoyo SegaloDepartment of Educational and Professional Studies, South Africa

Abstract

This study explored context and qualities of learner behavioural management with high school students in a historically disadvantaged South African urban school setting. Participants were a convenience sample of seven teachers (females = 3, and males = 4) mean teaching experience = 14 years; SD = 9.0738 years). They responded to an open-ended interview on influences on learner behavioural management and preferred management styles. The data was thematically analysed. Findings reported poor implementation of school code of conduct and lack of parental involvement to lower the learner management. Teachers reported the use of an autocratic management style which could potentially undermine long-term learner development and growth.

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