Conceptualizing back-row sitters perceptions: a case study of selected students in three schools in Baidoa, South-West State, Somalia (SWSS)
Mohamed A Eno, Abshir M Idris, Mohamed Aweys, Issak N Daud, Abdishakur N Mohammad, Salado M Ibrahim, Khadija A Mohamed, Mohamed Sh Ahmed Ali
Focusing on students who consistently sit at the same place throughout the academic year, we discovered that choices vary from one reason to another and even from one situation to the other, hence disagreeing with the dominant perception that back-row sitters have undesirable intentions for selecting their location inside the classroom. Interviews were conducted with thirteen students from four classes in three co-educational schools in Baidoa city, South-West State of Somalia. The aim was to explore the pupils’ reasons for their selection of the back-row desks. The findings reveal that while certain students might have ill intentions for keeping their distance from the teacher, others had not even chosen their back desks but were assigned by teachers. The study concludes that students may take their desks at the back of the classroom dependent on context, environment, and perhaps due to a variety of reasons including visibility/lighting problems, timidity, avoidance of physical confrontation with rival classmates as well as considerateness to shorter peers in the class.