Perception of Discipline of Novice Teachers in Light of the Student-Centered Approach and the Teacher-Centered Approach

By Tsafi Timor.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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The goal of this study was to explore the dilemmas/concerns of novice teachers regarding discipline and the pedagogical insights which evolve from the dilemmas; to gain understanding of the approach to discipline which they favor: TCA or SCA; and finally to draw conclusions which are relevant for Teacher Education Programs. The method of inquiry is a bottom-up content analysis of cases which represent different aspects of discipline, by using the Emic and Etic methodology. The findings indicated that most teachers tend towards the TCA approach. Discipline, which is the main concern of novice teachers, was not perceived as an end in itself, but rather as a means to fulfill educational goals.
Yet, novice teachers do not demonstrate understanding of the link between teaching and discipline. These two "stand-alone" concepts should be integrated during the training phase of Teacher Education.

Keywords: Novice Teachers, Teacher-centered Approach, Student-centered Approach, Discipline

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp.35-49. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 4, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 436.952KB)).

Dr. Tsafi Timor

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, The Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv, Israel, Israel