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Classroom ManagementCreating a Positive Learning Environment$
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Ming-tak Hue and Wai-shing Li

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098886

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098886.001.0001

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Learning from Classroom Experience: Reflection and Action Research

Learning from Classroom Experience: Reflection and Action Research

(p.183) 10 Learning from Classroom Experience: Reflection and Action Research
Classroom Management

Li Wai-shing

Hong Kong University Press

Good teachers are reflective practitioners: they are aware of and reflect on what is happening in the classroom. This chapter introduces the idea of an "inquiring classroom" in which teachers are critical of what they do and observe in class. Three kinds of reflection - technical, practical and critical reflection - are discussed, and a related concept called action research is introduced. Action research is a tool which helps teachers to reflect upon their own experience and construct action plans with a view to tackling any problems or improving situations which they may find difficult. It is also a good means for professional development. Other alternatives for dealing with classroom management issues are introduced, namely school action plans and personal management plans. These plans are effective for dealing with students' difficult behaviour at both the school and personal levels. Throughout the chapter, the use of systematic investigation and reflection upon teachers' experience in solving classroom management problems is emphasized.

Keywords:   Inquiring classroom, Action research, Action plan, Reflection, Classroom experience, Classroom management

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