Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Education (Graduate)

First Advisor

Julie Gomboc-Turyan


Addressing challenging behaviors in our Early Childhood Programs will always be a topic of concern for the teachers as well as for the students. One solution in avoiding misbehavior is to find the antecedent before the behavior can begin to be a disruption. A discussion of the consequences are also important aspects for children and adults to understand when thinking about how to control an unwanted act of aggression. “Aggressive behavior usually follows an event that the patient perceives as provocative. Types of provocation include perceptions of disrespectful treatment; unfairness/injustice; frustration/interruption; annoying traits, and irritations” (Daffern & Tonkin, 2010, para. 21). Research has found that how a child behaves can stem from cultural backgrounds, whether the child is raised in the rural or urban areas and how differences can play a role within different daycare centers. The findings within this research opened a discussion and posed the question: what can we do as teachers to prevent misbehaviors? Thinking about where the behaviors are coming from each educator will view each case on an individual level when looking for a solution or a prevention to the current problem.