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An ecological approach to understanding behaviour: Comprehensive and culturally appropriate strategies towards student success

Mere Berryman, Rangiwhakaehu Walker, Mate Reweti, Kaa O’Brien, and Silomiga Weiss

What are the essential elements to motivate students and bring about positive outcomes for all? This article briefly explores some of the conceptual models developed to help teachers work with young people who present challenging behaviours. It advocates an approach based on a modification of Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological model, now being used by two groups working in teacher training. It offers a comprehensive, culturally appropriate educational strategy that can be applied in the home, school and community to lead towards student success.

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