Taught course

Challenging Behaviour - Education

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a three module course that will give you an overview of individual and contextual factors which may influence children and young people's behaviour. You will explore challenging behaviour from a variety of perspectives.

Challenging Behaviour
This module explores challenging behaviour from a variety of perspectives and provides you with an overview of individual and contextual factors which may influence children and young people's behaviour. During seminar workshops you will discuss theoretical perspectives in relation to problematising children and young people's social, emotional and mental health. Particular attention will be paid to 'causes' of challenging behaviour, individual and whole school approaches to managing behaviour and the importance of recognising pupil voice and increasing pupil participation. You will be encouraged to reflect on, and critique, alternative educational provisions.

Action Research (double module)
You will determine the content of the sessions by focusing on the inquiries selected by both yourself and others, adopting a 'learning set' approach. Group seminars and workshops will provide a structured introduction to action research followed by the development of small working groups to support the stages of individual projects and provide peer group support. Your tutor will signpost you to relevant academic theory and research and support material from the MA in Education online resources.

Teaching and learning

The first module, 'Challenging Behaviour', requires regular evening attendance (seven evening sessions) in the Autumn and this is followed by a double action research module in which you will complete a research project in your own school based on work with children / young people with behaviour difficulties.

This research project will be supported by six workshops between January and June, and individual tutorial support based around your particular project.

Attendance pattern

Workshops take place on Wednesday evenings 5.00 - 8.00pm on the Harcourt Hill Campus.

Information for international students

As this course is part-time it is not usually open to international students.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
01865 488617