Classroom Management Strategies for Teachers with Students Having a Foreign Parent

By Hsi-Chi Hsiao, Su-Ling Yang and Ming-Chao Lee.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.667-682. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.397MB).

Prof. Hsi-Chi Hsiao

Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Niaosong, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Professor Hsi-Chi Hsiao received his M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin in 1983 and Ph. D. from Indiana State University in 1987. He was head of Department of Industrial Education at National Changhua University of Education and president of National Penghu Institute of Technology in Taiwan. He has also served as government consultant in the field of curriculum and instruction, vocational and technological education, research in applied science education for many years. He is now a chair professor at Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University. His research interest has been focused on curriculum and instruction development, skill testing and creativity for vocational, technological and engineering education.

Su-Ling Yang

Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Chunghua, Taiwan

Doctoral student Su-Ling Yang received her M.S. degree from National Changhua University of Education in 2004. She is now a teacher at Hu-Si Elementary School. Her research interest has been focused on curriculum and instruction development for vocational, technological and engineering education.

Ming-Chao Lee

Candidate Doctor Student, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan

He is now a teacher at vocational High School.

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