Techniques Used By Primary School Teachers In Controlling Pupil’s Class Room Undesirable Behaviours

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TECHNIQUES USED BY PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN CONTROLLING PUPIL’S CLASS ROOM UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIOURS

Undesirable Behaviours

Abstract

The goal of education goes beyond making individuals acquire knowledge and skills but it is also to make individuals worthy in character. In recent times, there has been a general outcry about undesirable behaviours among children in the society at large and particularly in schools. This study therefore sought to identity undesirable behaviours common among primary school pupils and the strategies used by teachers to control them in Ado Ekiti metropolis in Ekiti State. A descriptive research design of the survey type was adopted and the population consisted of all public primary school teachers in the metropolis. 200 teachers randomly selected formed the sample for the study. The instrument used was a self-designed questionnaire which was validated and a correlation co-efficient of 0.94 was obtained at 0.05 level of significance. The result obtained showed that undesirable bahaviours common among primary school pupils in the study area include bullying, excessive noisemaking in the classroom, use of fowl languages, and lying among others. Strategies used by teachers to control them include, corporal punishment, timeout reward for good behaviours and so on. Teachers’ years of experience was also found to be significant on the kind of strategies they used. Appropriate recommendations were made based on the findings of the study

The issue of undesirable behaviours among children today is a cause of concern among parents, teachers, governments and even children themselves. This is because in recent times there has been a general outcry about undesirable behaviours among children in the society at large and particularly in schools. Cruickshank, Jenkins and Metcalf (2003) comment that, a common persistent problem among teachers, and perhaps the greatest fear of new teachers, is student misbehavior. This problem has also been found to be responsible for many teachers leaving the teaching profession. There is the belief among experts that there is a link between behaviour and learning and as such behaviour should not be considered in isolation from teaching and learning (Grigg, 2010).

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