An Insight into the ‘Balancing Act’ of Teaching

Leong Yew Hoong, Helen Chick


This paper examines some of the complexities involved in the actual work of
classroom instruction by examining interactions among the goals of teaching. The
research is part of a case study of teaching a Year 7 Singapore class comprising
students of average mathematical ability. Among the complexities of teaching
analysed here are the problems associated with trying to fulfil the multiple goals of
teaching and the conflict experienced by the teacher as he attempts to carry out these
goals. This provides insight into how a teacher performs the act of balancing different
goals while carrying out instruction in class. The implications of these insights into
teaching practice for the wider education community are also discussed.


Full Text:



  • There are currently no refbacks.