Title: Integrating disciplinary plans to manage learner behaviour in the pre-instructional phase of a lesson in South African schools

Authors: Andre Leke-ateh Bechuke; Akpovire Oduaran

Addresses: Qualification and Academic Programme Planning, Edu-Lead Research Entity, North West University, South Africa ' Faculty of Education, North-West University, South Africa

Abstract: Teachers frustration to manage learners' misconducts is common practice in schools today. The concern is the fear that this unsolicited practice is on the rise and needs intervention before schools become warzones. This paper analysed how teachers in South Africa's schools integrate disciplinary plans to manage challenging learner behaviours in the planning of lessons. Based on a qualitative paradigm, data was collected from 50 teachers through individual in-depth interviews and analysis of 50 lesson plans from five schools. Data collected was analysed through open coding. The findings revealed that teachers in schools apply some strategies to manage learner behaviour at the planning stage of their lessons. They pay attention to making lessons interesting and constantly hold learners' attention throughout the lesson. However, the commonly used lesson plan model in schools is misguiding when planning needs to consider disciplinary measures. It is recommended that teachers should effectively integrate a learner behaviour management plan through selected interventions in the planning of their lessons.

Keywords: challenging learner behaviour; disciplinary plan; lesson plan; integrate; managing learner behaviour; pre-instructional phase.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2020.105954

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2020 Vol.12 No.1, pp.91 - 112

Received: 20 Sep 2017
Accepted: 11 Jun 2018

Published online: 18 Mar 2020 *

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