Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

EDU20004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online - Nil

2020 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20





Aims and objectives

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. Pre-service teachers 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 also be challenged to reflect upon their own belief system and how this relates to different contemporary approaches and models of behaviour management.

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. 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 effectively and ethically with families.
6. Clarify the role of external agencies and professionals in supporting teachers, children and families.


Courses with unit

This unit will no longer be offered from 2018 and has been replaced by EDU20014 Social and Emotional Learning
BA-EDUEC Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUEC2 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUPRI Bachelor of Education (Primary)
DP-EDU Diploma of Education Studies
BA-EDU Bachelor of Education
BA-EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education