4 x 1-hour seminars per semester
1 x 135-hour independent study per semester
Enrolment not permitted
EDSP9007 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of teaching and learning in educational contexts.
Topic description

The topic examines the literature and practices in supporting positive student behaviour in school-wide contexts. It briefly examines the main theories of classroom and school discipline including the use of positive behaviour support, but concentrates on the ecology of the classroom and school settings as environments in which student behaviour issues occur. It addresses the relationship between learning, teaching and behaviour, the development of social and relationship skills in schools and ways in which schools support both positive student behaviour as well as managing behaviour change.

Educational aims

This topic aims to research and analyse:

  • Models of school and classroom management of student behaviour
  • The application of positive behaviour support in schools
  • The importance of relationship and social skills in maintaining and development positive student behaviours in school settings
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse, critique, and evaluate whole school approaches to behaviour, including Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  2. Critically reflect upon and describe the inclusiveness of whole school approaches through a synthesis of current research
  3. Communicate an understanding of the complex behavioural challenges facing schools and opportunities in the form of theories, dispositions, and interventions to support diverse learners