Document Type : Original Article
Received: 03 January 2018 Accepted: 13 February 2018 Published: 23 March 2018
Despite the need for a culture of learning in South African schools, research reveal that it is not generally encountered. Research also indicates the manifestation of student behavior problems constraining effective learning. This research study was directed at determining if a link existed between behavior problems and a lack of a culture of learning. The research approach adopted constituted a literature study and a qualitative based, narrative inquiry at a school within a traditionally disadvantaged community. The literature study was undertaken to gain an understanding of the concept “culture of learning” and its impact as a behavioral determinant. Caring schools as a means to address the problem formed part of the study. Important research findings relate to the correlation between characteristics that give rise to behavioral problems and those associated with a lack of a culture of learning, the role played by “caring schools” in nurturing a culture of learning and the importance of addressing students’ emotional needs for dealing with behavioral problems. The significance of the research is the guidelines proposed for dealing with behavior problems by establishing a culture of learning. Recommended is in-service training of all key stakeholders in the dynamics of establishing a culture of learning and the realization of learner’s unmeet emotional needs.