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Classroom Management Through the Eyes of Elementary Teachers in Turkey: A Phenomenological Study

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This study aimed to explore the perceptions of classroom teachers in Turkey about (1) classroom management, (2) the classroom management problems, (3) the factors causing to these problems, and (4) the classroom management strategies. The study employed qualitative phenomenological design. The sample of the study consisted of 15 classroom teachers who were selected through maximum variation sampling. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed through content analysis. In terms of uncovering the lived experiences of teachers, this study might provide a critical perspective and feedback to the constructivist reform initiatives which embrace responsive pedagogy. The findings might also offer insights to pre-service and in-service teacher education in terms of preparing classroom teachers with practical knowledge about classroom management.