PSYC 359

Positive Behavior Guidance

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 2, 2018 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course addresses the developmentally appropriate strategies to support learning of socially appropriate classroom behaviors for young children. Strategies examined for the course support social development, personal values and citizenship. The developmental and philosophical rationale for selection of behavior guidance strategies and practices are the foundational focus of the course. Students address the differences between discipline, classroom management and positive behavior guidance with particular focus on the cultural and contextual experiences of children in urban communities.

Special information

Note: Field work required.

Learning outcomes

General

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the child guidance practices of families and cultures.
  • Demonstrate supportive teacher-child relationships and promote positive peer relationships in diverse classrooms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use guidance and management techniques to support the social and emotional development of young children from birth to age eight.
  • Design an environment to support young children's behaviors from culturally diverse backgrounds including children with disabilities.
  • Identify ways to promote mental health and reduce the consequences of stress and trauma.
  • Understand child guidance theories and how to apply the theories in diverse early childhood classrooms.
  • Write a behavior plan and develop a hypothetical classroom intervention.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.