Challenges Facing Teachers’ Attempts to Enhance Learners’ Discipline in Tanzania’s Secondary Schools

Ladislaus M. Semali, Philbert L. Vumilia


There is a common belief among Tanzanian teachers and parents that learners’ discipline is essential for effectiveteaching and learning. Equally, learners’ discipline can transform the larger class by developing small learninggroups and independent learning options. In turn, these options can enhance students’ engagement, facilitate positivelearning, prevent disruptive problems, and provide overall academic success. The present study examined teachers’views on discipline to determine how widespread indiscipline might be in schools and whether discipline has anyinfluence on academic success or the overall reputation of the school. Document analysis, classroom observations,field notes, secondary data, and interviews were purposefully collected from selected teachers with at least threeyears of teaching experience. The study revealed a variety of challenges and dimensions of learners’ disciplineengulfed in classroom and school discipline discourses of rewards and punishment.

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World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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