Educational settings are increasingly being challenged by young people who test their expertise, resources and personnel in providing for their needs. This topic focuses on developing the relational competencies teachers need, to develop positive relationships with young people, parents and colleagues. This will help students develop their capacity to interact effectively with young people, including with those who have complex needs and disabilities.
Students will encounter a range of theories and approaches to classroom management that are relevant to different school, family, community, and regional issues and contexts. They will have the opportunity to develop the capacity to reflect upon, and critique currently used proactive, preventative and responsive ways to support children and young people. In the course of this, students will consider the situations of students who might be experiencing such issues as bullying, harassment, exclusion, isolation, socio economic disadvantage, disempowerment, trauma, withdrawal and family difficulties. Students will also consider the links between curriculum, engagement, motivation and behaviour and the implications of these for teaching and learning.