Newell, S, Biggs, A, Graham, A & Gardon, L 2006, Children & behaviour: a strengths-based approach to education: conference report, prepared for Centre for Children and Young People, Lismore, NSW.
Difficult and/or challenging student behaviour continues to rank high in terms of the most frequently cited ‘problems’ confronting schools and teachers. Research suggests that positive and proactive behaviour management is one of the most constructive building blocks for effective classrooms. Teachers recognise that behaviour is closely linked with learning outcomes as well as to issues of care, respect and safety that contribute to positive classroom environments. This conference, we believe, provides an important forum in which to explore the possibilities for implementing a strengths based, capacity building approach to behaviour support in schools. The conference theme reflects a key aim of Southern Cross University’s Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP). The Centre aims to improve child and youth focused practice, particularly in rural and regional areas, through interdisciplinary research, education and advocacy. The Centre undertakes its work in close collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations to help ensure its activities are underpinned by a capacity-building approach that results in improved knowledge and skills for those working with children, young people and families.