This practical guide to managing behaviour in Further and Adult Education is for all those training to teach in the sector. The third edition includes new chapters on 14-19 learners and behaviour theory and continues to offer practical ideas on how to manage and motivate students. It takes account of the variety of contexts in the sector and makes reference to important research findings and studies of learner behaviour. Based firmly on what teachers and students have to say about their experiences, it uses case studies, dialogue and journal extracts to explore key issues, and help teachers develop their practice.
The Objectives of this Chapter
This chapter is about thinking ‘outside the box’. First it examines a range of currently accepted theories of learning, and tries them out on familiar classroom situations. In this way it illustrates and discusses their usefulness and their limitations in helping us to better understand how learners may be motivated and positive behaviour encouraged. It then goes on to demonstrate how teachers themselves can theorise from their own experience, and how such theorising may help them to develop the strategies which work most effectively for their learners.
Introduction: Theories of Learning
If we turn to the textbooks on learning theory to try to understand why our learners are confrontational or appear disinclined to engage with ...