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Social, emotional, and behavioral functioning in schools


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. In this course, the focus is on effects of students’ learning environments on their social / emotional and behavioral functioning in school. Methods for manipulating the environment to improve student behavioral functioning are first discussed. Further, motivational theory is applied to educational practice and used to argue how teacher-student interactions can undermine or foster student social / emotional functioning. Specific attention is paid to individual and group differences between students.


Lectures Seminars


Attendance is required.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Individual and group assignments either during class or at home.


Blackboard 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 Blackboard.



Students need to register for lectures in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.


Students are not automatically registered for exams. They can register themselves in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam. More information can be found in the exam registration procedure.

Contact information

During this course immediately after their classes, professor Espin and dr. Stroet hold office for one-hour. They can also be reached by email.