Alexandra Gkontzou, Dimitrios Zachos

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The aim of this paper is to examine the primary school teachers’ most preferred Classroom Management style. Teachers’ style is a characteristic, which is determined by their values, beliefs and pedagogical philosophy and characterizes their behavior in the classroom. We identified four such types: authoritarian, democratic, laissez – faire and warm demander. The research we present here on this issue was based on two online methodological tools: First, a conventional text – based questionnaire of 36 questions, using the Likert scale, and second a comic – style vignette – based questionnaire consisted of 10 episodes. We used a non – probabilistic sample of fifty-two (52) easily accessible primary school teachers from various areas of Greece, who volunteered to participate in our research. It was found that the democratic and the warm demander styles was the preference of the most teachers while the other two styles occurred less often. The use of those methodological tools gave us the opportunity to compare them to identify the advantages and disadvantages of each one... The comparison considered factors such as interest, time, clarity, effort, innovation and pleasure. Participants’ responses indicated that they found the comic – style vignette – based questionnaire more interesting, innovative, and pleasant compared to the conventional questionnaire. In addition, no significant differences were found concerning the clarity, time and effort required to complete the two questionnaires.


Classroom Management styles, Greece, vignette, questionnaire

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