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Classroom dynamics: teaching a diversity of students


NB Language spoken in course is Dutch unless English-speaking students participate


Students’ schools and classrooms are their daily learning environments. The social interactions that occur in these environments – including interactions among students and between students and teachers – affect students’ social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. This course focuses on the effects of students’ learning environments on their social / emotional and behavioral functioning in school. The course first focuses on children and youth who experience difficulties with social/ emotional and behavioral functioning in school. Methods for structuring the environment to improve the functioning of these students in school are discussed. The focus then turns to the role of teacher-student interactions in fostering social / emotional and behavioral functioning, by focusing on the consequences of teacher behavior for student behavior and student’s social evaluation by peers.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable


Attendance is mandatory.

Mode of instruction

Lectures and work groups

Assessment method

Two open book exams.


Brightspace will be used.

Reading list

  • Terrance M. Scott, Cynthia M. Anderson, and Peter Alter. Managing classroom behavior using positive behavior supports. Pearson.

  • For more literature see Brightspace.


It is mandatory to register for each course via uSis. This applies to both the lectures and the working groups, even if they take place online. Without a valid registration in uSis you will not be able to participate in the course and you will not have access to the Brightspace module of the course.

In addition, it is also mandatory to register separately in uSis for each exam (i.e. both the first exam opportunity and, if necessary, the resit) in uSis. This also applies to partial examinations in a course. This is possible up to 10 calendar days prior to the exam. You cannot take the exam without a valid registration in uSis.

NB If the exam concerns a paper or a practical assignment, you do not need to register in uSis.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

The assessment in this course consists of papers. Registration via uSis is not required.

Contact information

Professor Espin and dr. Endedijk