Australian classrooms are among the least disciplined in the world, according to a global survey, with a high proportion of students saying their learning time is lost to noise and disorder and they cannot work well in class, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Australia ranked a lowly 70th out of 77 participating nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s 2018 index of disciplinary climate, released on Wednesday.
The index is based on an international survey of 600,000 15-year-old students’ views about the level of discipline in the classroom, with a high proportion of Australian students reporting that the teacher is not listened to and it regularly takes a long time for the class to quieten down.
The only countries that fared worse than Australia for classroom unruliness were Belgium, the Philippines, Spain, Greece, France, Brazil and Argentina.
South Korean students were the best-behaved on the index, followed by Kazakhstan, Albania, China and Japan.
The index is part of the OECD’s triennial Programme for International Student Assessment, in which Australia also recorded its worst results in reading, maths and science.
For most countries, classroom discipline improved between 2009 and 2018, the OECD report said.
But Australia was one of a minority of countries where it deteriorated, with a higher proportion of students reporting that the teacher has to wait a long time for students to settle down, that students cannot work well and that they don’t start learning for a long time after the lesson begins.
Associate Professor Jihyun Lee of UNSW Sydney said the result suggested Australia needed to seriously address the issue of classroom discipline.
“We are basically among the worst in the world and that has been ignored,” she said.
Australian students ‘among the worst in the world’ for class discipline (Sydney Morning Herald)