Activity 7

How Theories Explain Learning behaviour

Follow this link and read the summary from the EPPI research report, A systematic review of how theories explain learning behaviour in school contexts. This report was commissioned by the Teacher Training Agency in 2001, and has been highly influential in initial teacher education in the UK in the past few years. It suggests that successful behaviour for learning approaches are characterised by strong classroom relationships and a positive ‘emotional climate'.

"There is an interdependent relationship between behaviour and learning... the fostering of learning behaviour or 'behaviour for learning' is the foundation for effective behaviour management. This contrasts with a view that 'learning to behave' is the central focus of behaviour management in school contexts" (page 82).

REFLECT: How useful is the distinction between ‘learning to behave' and ‘behaving to learn'?

READ: Read the synthesis of findings here. (Click here for a full copy of the EPPI report).

WRITE: How useful could the various theories proposed in this section be to early career teachers as they engage in classroom behaviour management? In particular, please explain how Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory has been used in this review. What are its key features? How could you use this theory in your own classroom or school?

(Allow 35 minutes)