Class control and management

  • David Fontana
Part of the Psychology for Professional Groups book series (PPG)


Of all the professional anxieties that assail the teacher, those associated with class control often loom the largest. Children, singly or in groups, can present problems that even the most experienced teacher may find hard to handle, and there is no denying the misgivings that working with children, control of whom is slipping away from one, can bring. To make matters worse, many teachers suggest that in the final analysis all the teacher’s authority is based upon a kind of bluff. There are strict limits to the sanctions that can be brought to bear upon children, and if children test these limits and find themselves unimpressed by them, then the teacher’s bluff is called and there is little further that can be done.


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© David Fontana 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Fontana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wales College of CardiffUK
  2. 2.University of MinhoPortugal

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