Understanding Behaviour for Classroom Practice

EDU20052 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 12 Hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

Aims and objectives

This unit prepares secondary school pre-service teachers to understand why 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 contemporary theories and how these relate to principles, policies and practices. The role and practice of external agencies and professionals in supporting young people, teachers and families will be explored. 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.

Unit Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Differentiate behaviours displayed by students in learning environments and formulate reasons for these behaviours using behavioural and educational theories
2. Analyse and apply appropriate theoretical frameworks and models for responding to a range of behaviours displayed in the learning environment.
3. Analyse different principles, policies and practices used for establishing and maintaining a productive learning environment.
4. Plan learning environments that adhere to positive models of behaviour management.
5. Create strategies for working inclusively and ethically with families, community and support agencies
6. Describe the role of external agencies and professionals in supporting teachers, children and families.