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Teachers' Beliefs, Teachers' Goals and Teachers' Classroom Management: A Study with Primary Teachers

Author(s): Jou00E3o Lopes | Miguel Santos

Journal: Revista de Psicodidáctica
ISSN 1136-1034

Volume: 18;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Teachers' beliefs and teachers' practices tend to fit together. However exceptions seem to be significant. This study, carried out with primary teachers (N = 279), explores the relation of teachers' classroom management beliefs to teachers' classroom goals and teachers' practices. A cluster analysis identified three distinct teaching beliefs' profiles: teacher-centered, student-centered and ambivalent/inconsistent. Clusters somehow overlap in the teaching goals they most value but some striking differences are also apparent. Classroom reported practices clearly differentiate clusters. Somehow surprisingly almost a quarter of participants are ambivalent/inconsistent. For these teachers the mismatch between teaching beliefs, teaching goals and classroom practices seems to elicit some puzzling behaviors (e. g. «humiliating students in classroom that show inappropriate behaviors») that deserve further research.

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