Issues and Practice in Research on Classroom Management

  • Tony Wright
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


Research in language teaching and Applied Linguistics focusing explicitly on issues of language classroom management is comparatively rare. This is, in part, due to the relatively narrow definition accorded classroom management, and also the preoccupation of many language teaching professionals with matters such as instructional techniques. In general education, however, particularly in the United States, interest in issues of classroom control and discipline is strong, and major research publications reflect this interest. In language teaching, research which implicates or touches upon classroom management issues is generally (and probably rightly) enmeshed in discussions of other aspects of classroom life, especially spoken interaction.


Research Process Classroom Management Teacher Research Exploratory Practice Professional Researcher 
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Further reading

  1. Allwright (2003) is the best available statement of the principles underpinning Exploratory Practice.Google Scholar
  2. Brookfield (1995) is a very helpful guide for teachers interested in a more critically reflective stance to their work, and is the basis for inquiry and action research.Google Scholar
  3. Burns (1998) offers guidance and theory for practitioners wishing to work together on action research projectsGoogle Scholar
  4. Elliott (1993) raises important issues regarding the purposes and value of educational research.Google Scholar
  5. Holliday (2002) contains stimulating discussion of qualitative research methodology as well as clear examples of research on language education.Google Scholar
  6. Pollard (2002) blends professional development and inquiry issues.Google Scholar
  7. Richards (2003) is a comprehensive and accessible guide to all aspects of qualitative research in TESOL.Google Scholar
  8. Stenhouse (1975) is a ‘classic’ account and rationalisation of the teacher-researcher.Google Scholar
  9. Wallace (1998) is a useful first-time action researcher’s guide, containing good practical advice and helpful case studies.Google Scholar

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