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ESI3002 Challenging Behaviour: A Functional Approach in Secondary Context

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Behaviour management is widely acknowledged as a major concern of educators, and is ranked by practitioners, novice and experienced, along with catering for learner diversity, as their most significant professional challenge. Under the policy of inclusion, learner diversity in Australian schools is increasing. It is imperative that educators are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage challenging learner behaviour exhibited by students with and without disabilities in mainstream secondary school settings. In the preparation of pre-service teachers, the ability to establish and sustain a safe and disciplined learning environment is regarded as a core skill essential to effective practice and positive learner outcomes. The crucial importance of this ability is further highlighted with classroom management being listed as a national priority area for initial teacher education programs. This course focuses on developing an understanding of challenging learner behaviour and the knowledge and skills educators need to facilitate a positive teaching and learning environment in the secondary years of schooling.

This course will focus upon evidenced-based practices to increase the preparedness of pre-service teachers to manage challenging learner behaviour within the context of the secondary years of schooling. From the theoretical underpinnings of applied behaviour analysis, pre-service teachers will be introduced to a set of advanced strategies and procedures for the management of learners with and without disabilities who exhibit significant behavioural, emotional, and social adjustment problems. This course will help pre-service teachers to develop their knowledge and skills of the functional behaviour assessment (FBA) process, and effective individualised behaviour intervention plans for students in the secondary years who demonstrate challenging behaviour. The course builds on knowledge and competencies gained in ESB2100 Positive Behaviour for Learning: Taking Responsibility.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022