EDU20004 A1 Essay.docx - Running head EDU20004 ASSIGNMENT 1 ESSAY Bree Harper 100934918 EDU20004 Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Assignment 1

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Running head: EDU20004: ASSIGNMENT 1 ESSAY Bree Harper: 100934918 EDU20004: Understanding and Supporting Behaviour Assignment 1: Essay Bree Harper: 100934918 Swinburne Online
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EDU20004: Assignment 1: Essay Bree Harper: 100934918 Behaviour is multifaceted and impacts every part of a child’s life. For early childhood educators to support children in developing their behavioural competencies, self-regulation and social skills, they need to develop an understanding of behaviour before they can respond. Behaviour will be examined based on Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and will look at how behaviour is viewed as a sociocultural construct, how this influences that ways that children behave and possible reasons for behaviours being exhibited. Educators who positively guide behaviour assist children to learn suitable behaviours (State Government of Victoria, 2017). Children who have poor self-regulation, poor social skills and lack of engagement in their learning will struggle in their future schooling (Bulotsky-Shearer, Dominguez & Bell, 2012). Behaviour is affected by a child’s temperament, experience and the environment around them. Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory places a strong emphasis on the sociocultural context on the development of learning behaviour. Vygotsky believed that language was the most significant cultural tool as it supports children to develop higher thinking skills (Pound & Hughes, 2008). Language enables children share their experiences, insights and to learn how to solve problems. Behaviour is developed based on social values, focusing on language, social interactions and collaborative learning. Children learn what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour within their local context through direct interaction with others and it is important for children to be acknowledged as individuals that have a range of emotions and experiences that could impact their behaviour in the child care environment (Berk, 2013). Using the Zone of proximal development (ZPD) creates opportunities for interactions to occur so children can think someone else’s view, to help that person learn 2
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EDU20004: Assignment 1: Essay Bree Harper: 100934918 something they couldn’t do alone or prevent the other person from doing something that they couldn’t stop themselves from doing (Kearns, 2017). Children’s develop learned behaviours through influences including the child’s participation in the community and as a result of interactions with others in the community (Kearns, 2017). Self-regulation is important to be able to understand and cope with an individual’s own behaviour and how they react to the behaviours of others. Some of the challenges children that lacking self-regualtion skills encounter include paying attention, building positive relationships and managing inappropriate impulses (McClelland & Tominey, 2015).
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