Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

EDU20020 12.5 Credit Points


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours




EDU10023 Professional Experience 1

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. 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.
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
1. Differentiate overt behaviours displayed by students in learning environments and formulate reasons for these behaviours.
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 preventative models of behaviour management.
5. Create strategies for working inclusively and ethically with families, community and support agencies, including children and young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
6. Clarify the role of external agencies and professionals in supporting children, young people, teachers and families.

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered from 2018 and has been replaced by  EDU20052 Understanding Behavior for Classroom Practice