Question 1 | Behaviours
All behaviour has a function and is driven by a need. Behaviours that are often deemed challenging may in fact be experimental, and as such can be understood as the child exploring the world around them and learning what it means to be an individual in relationships with others.
1. Observed behaviour Describe an instance of a child displaying behaviours that you considered ‘inappropriate’ for the context and identify what may have contributed to the demonstrated behaviours (Minimum one example, Minimum 150 words).
2. Different beliefs All families are unique and bring with them different family styles of discipline and beliefs about and expectations of behaviour. Provide two examples of what different family parenting styles towards behaviour could look like?
3. Personal experiences The personal experiences we live shapes our beliefs and values. Reflect upon how you were disciplined as a child and how this has impacted on your values today and how this influences your practices when guiding children’s behaviour within an early childhood education and care setting? Describe how your childhood experiences influence your values today about disciple. Are your values aligned or misaligned to acceptable teaching of behaviours in early childhood education and care? (Minimum 150 words)
4. Development versus behaviour All children are individuals and learn and develop at individual rates, however there are stages of skill development that typically occurs in expected patterns, such as crawling before walking, sitting before standing. Being aware of these typical patterns can assist educators to have appropriate and reasonable expectations of children. Focusing on challenging behaviour can sometimes overshadow the positive experiences and behaviours occurring throughout the day, and can often result in a particular behaviour being labelled as ‘challenging’ when it is a behaviour that can be consistent with ‘typical child development’.
Provide an example of ‘challenging’ behaviour that you have encountered in your work. Reflecting on some developmental expectations, how does an understanding of ‘typical’ development assist you in understanding and responding to the behaviour you have described above?