Teta 1029

Case study – Improving student learning behaviour

Choose and briefly describe a behaviour demonstrated by an individual or group which hinders / interferes with the learning of others.
I consider myself fortunate amongst other lecturers as the learners I teach are generally in the second or third year of their apprenticeship and tend to be well behaved and focused on the qualification, that is not to say that I do not have students   with behaviour problems but they tend to be more easily managed as the students have matured since joining the college. One disruptive behaviour present in a recent third year group was one of the female students making loud, negative, comments in class and displaying tardiness with regard to timekeeping, arriving late in the morning and returning late from breaks. This was effecting the class in many ways, primarily the timekeeping problem upset the flow of the sessions with the need for repetition and the need to ‘settle’ the class down again. This behaviour could also be identified as ‘attention seeking’ – wanting to be noticed and the centre of attention.

Discuss the reasons behind the behaviour.
Female students wishing to learn a construction trade are rare, it is still a very much male dominated world. I had taught the student in question on the level 2 qualification the previous year and found her to be hard working and dedicated to the course, I was aware then that she found the science aspects of the course difficult especially the calculations. Extra tuition in applied mathematics was organised for this student and some others in the group to bring them up to the required level and the student in question attended every session and progressed well achieving good grades in her technical exams. For this reason I was surprised at her behaviour in the third year as previously her attendance had been excellent and contributions from her in class were always informed and welcome. I suspected that there would be several...