Disciplinary problems in the classroom are an integral part of the daily experience of
teachers. Poor discipline amongst pupils is often due to the negative perceptions that
learners have of their teachers as they often perceive their teachers to act unfair.
There is a lack of research on how the interaction between teachers and learners
takes place in the classroom; on how the perception of learners in the classroom
influences their belief in fairness and which actions of teachers the learners generally
consider to be unfair (Chory 2007, p. 89; Dalbert 2013, p. 18). Learners who believe
in a just world belief, believe that others will treat them justly when they deserve it.
The study used a positivist paradigm and a quantitative approach to data collection
and data analysis. The survey method is through structured questionnaires.
According to my study the disciplinary problems that teachers encounter the most in
the classroom, are the following: students arrive late for class and talk during
instruction; learners damage school property; learners disrespect teachers' authority
and do not complete homework assignments.