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Abstract

Classroom management (CM) is one of the most important issues in education and this research was aimed at understanding the classroom management problems and the coping strategies of Indonesian Islamic Boarding schools’ [hereinafter-termed pesantren] with the uniqueness of their system from the perspectives of the English teachers. Specifically, the purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom management (CM) problems and the coping strategies of Indonesian Islamic boarding schools’ teachers. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions (FGD), and observation with eight English teachers working in the three pesantren. We organized our analysis and discussion around their perspectives and the contexts in which the classroom management problems and the coping strategies they encountered emerged. Seven major themes emerged, which were (1) challenged by students’ participation and motivation, (2) managing students’ behaviors: between punishment and encouragement, (3) dealing with three languages in the classroom, (4) teachers’ performance as a source of challenges in CM, (5) teachers’ discipline: rule breaking due to lower salary, (6) non major English teachers, but forced to teach English, (7) struggling with time management, and (8) struggling to manage large classes.

Keywords

Case Study, Classroom Management, Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools, Pesantren

Author Bio(s)

Akhmad Habibi is the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) awardee and lecturer of Jambi University, Jambi, Indonesia.

Amirul Mukminin, PhD is a faculty member of Jambi University, Indonesia. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: amirul.mukminin@unja.ac.id

Johni Najwan, PhD. is a full professor and faculty member of Jambi University, Jambi, Indonesia.

Muhammad Sofwan is a lecturer of Faculty of Education, Jambi University, Indonesia.

Septu Haswindy is a researcher in Jambi Local Resaerch and Development Unit, Jambi City, Indonesia

Lenny Marzulina is a faculty member of State Islamic University of Raden Fatah, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Muhammad Sirozi, PhD is a full professor in State Islamic University of Raden Fatah, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Dr. Kasinyo Harto is a full professor in State Islamic University of Raden Fatah, Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia.

Acknowledgements

We are heartily indebted to the all participants in this study who have given their time for the interviews and shared their feelings and experiences with us. We also want to thank principals of the three pesantren who supported us to conduct the research for the betterment of Islamic education in Indonesia. Additionally, we would like to say many thanks to the editors, reviewers, and The Qualitative Report for giving us a chance to publish our research article.

Publication Date

9-8-2018

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