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Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2014, Vol. 10(3) 18-33

A Comparative Study of Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies on Classroom and Behavior Management in the USA and Korean School Systems

Myung-sook Koh, & Sunwoo Shin

pp. 18 - 33   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2015.036

Published online: October 15, 2014  |   Number of Views: 43  |  Number of Download: 317


The purpose of this cross-cultural study is to investigate elementary teachers’ beliefs and inter-cultural perspectives in classroom management (instructional environment and behavior management) for students in public schools of the U.S. and Korea. The results supported that the two groups of teachers showed similar beliefs in instructional management styles, but demonstrated significant differences in student management styles. Overall, the Korean and the U.S. participating teachers tended to have slightly more teacher-directed instructional management style, but more Korean teachers believed in teacher-directed student management styles than the U.S. teachers. U.S. classrooms had higher numbers of students with problem behaviors than Korean teachers estimated in their classrooms. A majority of Korean elementary teachers used negative methods, like punishment, as behavior management strategies while U.S. teachers used more preventative and pre-corrective strategies.

Keywords: Elementary Teachers, Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies, Classroom Behavior Management, US and Korean School Systems

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Koh, M. & Shin, S. (2014). A Comparative Study of Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies on Classroom and Behavior Management in the USA and Korean School Systems . International Journal of Progressive Education, 10(3), 18-33.

Koh, M. and Shin, S. (2014). A Comparative Study of Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies on Classroom and Behavior Management in the USA and Korean School Systems . International Journal of Progressive Education, 10(3), pp. 18-33.

Chicago 16th edition
Koh, Myung-sook and Sunwoo Shin (2014). "A Comparative Study of Elementary Teachers’ Beliefs and Strategies on Classroom and Behavior Management in the USA and Korean School Systems ". International Journal of Progressive Education 10 (3):18-33.

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