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Understanding Behaviour for Classroom Practice

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: EDU60016

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 12 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit prepares pre-service teachers to understand how children and young people display different behaviours within a learning environment and how to approach and negotiate these behaviours. They are introduced to the major perspectives of understanding and supporting behaviour and explore historical and contemporary theories and how these relate to principles, policies and practices. They explore the role and practice of external agencies and professionals in supporting children, young people, teachers and families. Pre-service teachers will be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary approaches and models of behaviour management.


  • Factors that influence behaviour in the learning environment
  • Theories of learning and development and their relationship to behaviour
  • Principles, policies and practices for establishing a productive learning environment
  • Frameworks and models for understanding and responding to a range of challenging behaviours with children to adolescents
  • Positive behaviour support principles and practice
  • The climate of the learning environment
  • Restorative practice (an introduction)
  • Behaviour management techniques
  • Behaviour intervention versus preventative behaviour techniques
  • External organisations and agencies working with children to adolescents and their families
  • Consideration of rights and ethics

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