Student Behaviour: Theory and Practice for Teachers

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12
FACILITATING LEARNING:
COMPETENCE AND CONFIDENCE

When tasks are meaningful to students, when students have authority over their
learning, and when mistakes are considered as part of the learning process, [this]
would encourage students to display more on-task behaviours and would arouse less
anxiety, and therefore less disruptive behaviour.

Kaplan et al. (2002: 195)


KEY POINTS
Students will be motivated to participate in learning and to behave considerately when they anticipate that they can be successful at school.
When they become competent at worthwhile skills their self-esteem will rise which, in turn, will make them more willing to take intellectual risks in future.
Feedback that informs them about their achievements is more likely to encourage continued effort than are judgments about them or their work products.

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