The number of foreign spouses in Taiwan escalates as men in Taiwan need a child to carry on their family name when modern women in Taiwan prefer to be single, have a late marriage, or even not have children as a result of social changes and financial independence. Statistics show that 95% of foreign spouses have a child within two years of marriage, and the parent of one in 19 students on average is a foreign spouse, thus changing the class structure in elementary schools from a mono-cultural into a multicultural setting due to the differences in ethnic origin, socioeconomic class, and language of parents. Therefore, it is necessary for teachers to develop greater classroom management capacity in order to cope with classes in a multicultural setting.
This study investigated the classroom management strategies for classes with increasing students of foreign parents where teachers need greater capacity to cope with the cultural differences among students in a class of a multicultural setting. Results of the in-depth interviews with five teachers with practical teaching experience in such class selected with purposive participant indicate: a friendly atmosphere with mutual respect should be created for students to learn happily in an environment without racial discrimination; effective channels should be created to communicate with parents about their responsibility for disciplining their children and the importance of parent-teacher cooperation; and regular or irregular parent-teacher meetings and parent-child reading time should be arranged to extend school teaching after school and in the family.
|Keywords:||Classroom Management Strategies, Foreign Spouses|
Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Niaosong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Chunghua, Taiwan
Candidate Doctor Student, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan
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