Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

Understanding and Supporting BeThis essay allows you to deepen your understanding of learning behaviour theory and to analyse and understand how it might be applied to behaviour in the classroom. In particular, you need to differentiate behaviours displayed by students in learning environments and formulate reasons for these behaviours using learning behavioural theories.

This task is assessing your ability to demonstrate that you meet the criteria for the following unit learning outcome:

  1. Differentiate behaviours displayed by students in learning environments and formulate reasons for these behaviours using behavioural and educational theories.

Write a 1500-word essay in response to one of the quotes below. Reflect on what behaviour is and utilise one of the theories of behaviour that you have been introduced to in the unit to date. Discuss different behaviours displayed by students in learning environments and formulate reasons using a learning behavioural theory with examples where possible. Keep in mind there may be multiple contributing factors as to why different behaviours may occur.

 

1. “The evidence is unequivocal – children who have difficulty regulating their emotions, paying attention, initiating peer interactions and sustaining engagement in learning tasks are at risk for school difficulties.” (Bulotsky-Shearer, Dominguez & Bell, 2012, p. 421)

 

2. “Children’s experience within school is crucial in determining their likelihood of experiencing MHD (Mental Health Disorders), but this experience is clearly individual in nature and individual differences in competencies, such as self-regulation and social skills help to explain why children in similar environments may experience different levels of well-being.” (Humphrey & Wigelsworth, 2012, p. 339)

 

In your essay you will need to:

  1. define behaviour based on the theory you have chosen
  2. demonstrate an understanding that behaviour is a socio-cultural construct
  3. introduce the quote you have chosen and identify the behaviours displayed by students in a learning environment according to the quote
  4. formulate reasons for these behaviours based on the theory you have chosen. Choose from the following learning behaviour theories:
    • Behavioural theory.
    • Humanist theory.
    • Cognitive theory.
    • Ecological theory.
    • Sociocultural theory.

When you approach your assessment, it is important that you examine the implications of mental health discussed in the quotes, but that you do not focus solely on the possible ramifications of mental health escalation. You are encouraged to use the topic of resilience and positive psychology to inform your response and connection to the theory you have chosen.

Format

Your essay should adhere to the following structure:

Introduction: (100-200 words)

  • Introduce the essay topic.
  • Provide background information.
  • State what you intend to cover in your essay.

Body: (1100-1300 words)

  • Define behaviour based on the theory you have chosen.
  • Demonstrate an understanding that behaviour is a socio-cultural construct.
  • Introduce the quote you have chosen and identify the behaviours displayed by students in the learning environment
  • Formulate reasons for these behaviours based on the theory you have chosen.

Conclusion: (100-200 words)

  • Summarise the body of your essay and key points. 

Reference list: (not included in word count)

Supporting resources

The following resources will support you in the submission of this assessment.

Submission details

This assessment will be submitted via Turnitin. See the Assessment 1 section of Blackboard for more detailed information.

Assessment criteria

To receive maximum marks for the essay you must demonstrate clarity and understanding of the topic and offer interpretation of the issues and implications together with a very high level of scholarship. Presentation, format and structure must be of a professional standard.

  1. Knowledge of behaviour and behavioural theory.
  2. Understanding of behaviour in the classroom in relation to socio-cultural constructs.
  3. Format and structure of essay, including conventions of academic English.
  4. Academic research, including APA referencing.

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