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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2108 Managing Classroom Behaviour

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Innocent Tasara

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will provide you with an introduction to the theory, policy and practice of managing children’s behaviour in classrooms. You will examine theoretical approaches, e.g., behaviourist and humanist psychology that underpin school policy. The influence of government policy on classroom practice will also be considered and you will reflect on your own personal school experiences. You will find out why some children present persistent poor behaviour in schools, e.g., as a consequence of medical condition and social and emotional problems. You will also consider practical strategies for managing children’s behaviour in a way that supports their learning and personal development.


The module focuses on:
- developing an understanding of theories of learning in relation to children’s behaviour
- examining government and school policy in relation on managing behaviour in schools
- finding out why some children display persistently poor behaviour in schools
- developing knowledge and understanding of the strategies that teachers and other support workers use in schools to manage children’s behaviour effectively.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should:
- understand how theories of learning can be used to analyse children’s behaviour and the strategies for managing behaviour
- know about current government and school policies and understand the rationale for them
- understand that children’s behaviour is a result of a complex range of influences
- know and understand some strategies for managing children’s behaviour


Indicative content:

- psychological theories (e.g., behaviorism, humanism, social learning theory) that support the understanding of approaches to behaviour management
- government policy on behaviour in schools
- school policy – how they are formulated and implemented
- causes of persistent poor behaviour, e.g., emotional problems, neglect, medical conditions, etc.
- strategies used by teachers to manage classroom behaviour, e.g., positive praise, sanctions, etc.
- approaches used by schools to support children with more problematic behaviour, e.g., mentoring, counselling, etc.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours85.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study and independent learning will be in the form of reading in preparation for sessions and in preparing the module assignment. Reading will be set in preparation for each lecture where students will be expected to contribute.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring of students’ progress will be via:
- attendance at sessions
- contribution to lectures
- reading of draft assignments

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentEvaluation of policy - 2000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/09/2021


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