Jacob Kounin is known for two studies regarding classroom management in the ‘s. His book, Discipline and Group Management in Classrooms, outside of the group may be having so that instruction may continue. Jacob Kounin () [Group Management]. Jacob Kounin, author of Discipline and Group Management in Classrooms developed a theory focused on. Best known for his two studies done in ○ He wrote the book, “Discipline and Group. Management in Classrooms”. ○ Kounin worked to combine both.

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The Critical Role of Classroom Management Teachers play various roles jacob Kounin-Instructional Management Theory a typical classroom, but surely one of the most important is that of classroom manager.

Effective teaching and learning cannot take place in a poorly managed classroom. If students are disorderly and disrespectful, and no apparent rules and procedures guide behavior, chaos becomes the norm. We live in an era when research tells us that the teacher is probably the single most important factor affecting student achievement—at least the single most important factor that we can do much about.

To illustrate, as a result of their study involving some 60, students, S. The results of this study will document that the most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher.

Sanders and his colleagues, who gathered their data from elementary school students in Tennessee, are not the only ones to document dramatic differences in achievement between students in classes taught by highly ineffective versus highly effective teachers. For a detailed discussion of how the computations in Figure 1.

Classroom Management Theorists and Theories/Jacob Kounin

Although the effect the classroom teacher can have on student achievement is clear, the dynamics of how a teacher produces such an effect are not simple. Rather, the effective teacher performs many functions. The first role deals with instructional strategies and their use.

Effective teachers have a wide array of instructional strategies at their disposal. Additionally, they know when these strategies should be used with specific students and specific content. The second role associated with effective teaching is classroom curriculum design.

This means that effective teachers are skilled at identifying and articulating the proper sequence and pacing of their content. The third role involved in effective teaching is classroom management. This, of course, is the subject of this book.

The following chapters detail and exemplify the various components of effective classroom management. Before delving into classroom management, however, it is important to note that each of these three roles is a necessary but not sufficient component of effective teaching.

That is, no single role by itself is sufficient to guarantee student learning, but take one out of the mix and you probably guarantee that students will have difficulty learning. A Brief History of Classroom Management Research It is probably no exaggeration to say that classroom management has been a primary concern of teachers ever since there have been teachers in classrooms.

However, the systematic study of effective classroom management is a relatively recent phenomenon. Here we briefly consider the major studies on classroom management. He analyzed videotapes of 49 first and second grade classrooms and coded the behavior of students and teachers. In Brophy and Evertson reported the results of one of the major studies in classroom management, up to that point, in a book entitled Learning from Teaching: Their sample included some 30 elementary teachers whose students had exhibited consistently better than expected gains in academic achievement.

The comparison group consisted of 38 teachers whose performance was more typical. A series of four studies conducted at the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education in Austin, Texas, marked a milestone in the research on classroom management. The first study involved 27 elementary school teachers. The second involved 51 junior high school teachers. The third and fourth studies, also conducted in the elementary and junior high schools, respectively, examined the impact of training in classroom management techniques based on findings from the first two studies.


To date, these books have been considered the primary resources for the application of the research on classroom management to K education. It involved in-depth interviews with and observations of 98 teachers, some of whom were identified as effective managers and some of whom were not.

They combined the results of three previous studies. One involved a content analysis of 86 chapters from annual research reviews, 44 handbook chapters, 20 government and commissioned reports, and 11 journal articles.

In summary, the research over the past 30 years indicates that classroom management is one of the critical ingredients of effective teaching. Many studies and many books have been published articulating the specifics of effective classroom management.

So what does this book have to offer that has not already been established? Certainly, this book reinforces the findings and suggestions from many of the previous works.

In simple terms, it is a technique for quantitatively combining the results from a number of studies. Since its inception, it has been used extensively in the fields of education, psychology, and medicine.

In effect, this research technique has allowed us to construct generalizations about education, psychology, and medicine that were previously not available. A logical question is, Why is the simple act of combining the findings from a number of studies so powerful? This is why researchers assign a probability statement to their findings.

When researchers report that their findings are significant at the. To jacoh this book, I undertook a meta-analysis that included the findings from more than separate reports. I discuss, in non-technical terms, the results of that meta-analysis throughout the book, mangement they kounkn the foundation for my recommendations.

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See the Appendix for a more detailed discussion of the meta-analysis and Marzano, a, for a technical description. All jwcob sizes are significant at the. An effect size is a metric used in meta-analyses.

In the klunin of this book, it tells you how much of a difference in behavior you can expect between classes that effectively employ a given aspect of classroom management and classes that do not.

This average was computed using the findings from 68 studies involving 3, students. One of the benefits of using jjacob effect size metric is that we can translate it into a percentile change relative to the average number of disruptions that occur in a classroom. A disruption can be as innocuous as a student talking to her neighbor or as severe as a student being disrespectful to the teacher.

To further understand the distribution of disruptive behavior, consider Figure 1. This is depicted in the distribution on the right of Figure 1. Given what we know about normal distributions, this implies that some days there will be many more disruptions than The effect sizes reported in Figure 1.

This translates into a percentile-point increase in engagement. Although the characteristics of an effective classroom manager are clear and even somewhat intuitively obvious, what might not be as clear or obvious is how you become an effective classroom manager. You might ask the question, Are effective classroom managers born, or can you become one if you are not one already? Fortunately, the answer to this question is that effective classroom managers are made. One of the most promising findings from the research on becoming a skilled classroom manager is that apparently it can happen relatively quickly.


How This Book Is Organized The seven remaining chapters in this book cover various aspects of classroom management in greater detail. Chapter 2 addresses classroom rules and procedures.

Chapter 4 addresses teacher-student relationships, and Chapter 5 addresses mental set. Chapter 6 provides a different perspective on classroom management. Each chapter begins with a consideration of the research and theory. Next, specific programs that are particularly strong in a given aspect of classroom management are considered.

These are specific recommendations for you, the classroom teacher. Summary Clearly, individual manageement teachers can have a major impact on student achievement. Of the three roles of the classroom teacher—making choices about instructional strategies, designing classroom curriculum, and employing classroom management techniques—classroom management is arguably the foundation.

Research on classroom management supports this argument, as does the meta-analysis on which this book is based. Subscribe to ASCD Express, our free e-mail insstructional, to have practical, actionable strategies and information delivered to your e-mail inbox twice a month. Permissions ASCD respects intellectual property rights and adheres to the laws governing them. Learn more about our permissions policy and submit your request online. ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Mental Set The final factor important to effective classroom management is an appropriate mental set. Of the four elements outlined in Chapter 1, this is probably the most unusual, at least in terms of its title—mental set.

Specifically, the average effect size for mental set is For the most part, this poses no problem in our lives, yet this mode of operating sometimes produces humorous encounters. Data were not available to compute average effect sizes for various grade level intervals.

With this caution noted, the average effect size of The term withitness was coined by Jacob Kounin, who is generally considered the first researcher to systematically study the characteristics of effective classroom managers. As described in Chapter 1, Kounin carried out his initial research by carefully examining videotapes of mqnagement teachers. Brophy describes withitness in more technical and less anecdotal terms.

Also demonstrating this withitness to students by intervening promptly and accurately when inappropriate behavior threatens to become disruptive. Effective managers monitored their classroom regularly. They positioned themselves so that they could see all students and they continuously scanned the room to keep track of what was going on, no matter jaob else they were doing at the time.

The successful teachers usually had quite realistic attitudes toward students and teacher-student relationships. Managgement teachers are objective, then they, by definition, are keeping a distance from their students. Although it is true that keeping a certain psychological distance from students is necessary for effective classroom management, this does not have to translate into aloofness with students.

Programs Mental set as defined in this chapter is the classroom management factor that is usually not addressed directly in classroom management programs. That is, one does not generally find classroom management programs that address the constructs of withitness or emotional objectivity by name.

However, a number of programs address the component skills associated with these two constructs. The very term withitness might make it appear that this characteristic does not lend itself to development. Stated differently, one behavioral characteristic of withitness is to periodically and systematically scan the classroom, noting the behaviors of individual students or groups of students.

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