A Classroom That Is Conducive to Learning
This month's topic in PISA in Focus, a series of monthly education policy-oriented notes designed to describe a PISA topic in a concise, user-friendly way, is on orderly classrooms. The following is the first page of the notes:
The notes emphasize how difficult it is to find one factor that positively correlates with student performance across all countries. There are so many factors that influence learning such as pupil-to-teacher ratio, government spending per pupil, instructional hours, medium of instruction, and technology in the classroom. More often than not, the above factors are trumped by socio-economic factors. Thus, it is quite surprising to find one factor that consistently correlates positively with learning across most countries even after correcting for socio-economic factors. And this factor is a positive disciplinary climate inside the classroom. A classroom in which a teacher does not have to wait a long time for students to quiet down correlates with better student performance across the globe. On one hand, this should not be surprising. After all, students can not pay attention and listen to the lecture if there is chaos inside the room. Orderly classrooms do not depend solely on the teacher, however. The notes cite that there exists a strong relationship between a positive disciplinary climate in school and students' socio-economic status. Seeing the photo below of a classroom in the Philippines provides a possible explanation for this strong relationship. An orderly classroom depends on the quality of the classroom. Disorder or chaos are simply more likely to happen when classrooms are not physically conducive to learning.
|YouScooper Maria Trinidad Toriano shares this photo of students attending a class amid flood water at a public high school in Hagonoy, Bulacan. Toriano, a teacher of the school, reports that the area is a catch basin every time there is a high tide. She adds the high tide happens every other week and that floods rise up to knee-level.|