Where there is an imbalance between a student’s perspective and a school’s, misunderstandings and conflict can arise. Learning to Behave offers a programme of support to help achieve an equilibrium in which students learn to see other viewpoints and engage constructively in learning opportunities. Grounded in a cognitive approach, it essentially offers a type of training in problem-solving skills as students identify problems, generate alternatives, think about consequences and find solutions. This highly adaptable resource will be useful in a wide range of contexts, such as in teaching life or learning skills (including key competencies), running an individual behaviour programme and working with small groups.
Dee Doherty has been an educator for over 30 years. In this time she has been a primary school teacher, a special needs coordinator, a behaviour specialist for the prestigious Schools’ Support Team, Tower Hamlets in the United Kingdom, a resource teacher of learning and behaviour and an adviser for special education in New Zealand. She completed her masters degree in educational psychology at Massey University in 2004. She is currently Head of Literacy at Spotswood College, New Plymouth, New Zealand.